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U.S. U-17 Women Fall to Japan 2-1 to Finish Two-Game Series at The Home Depot Center

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CARSON, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2011) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team fell to Japan 2-1 in the second match of a two-game series at The Home Depot Center.

For the second time in four days, the USA fell two goals behind Japan, but unlike the match last Thursday in which the Americans scored twice to earn a draw, the team could only muster one second half goal, that coming off a penalty kick from forward Summer Green.

The match feature high pace from both teams and end-to-end attacking with the USA out-shooting the Japanese 16-11 while piling up a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.

“Quite honestly, I felt better after this 2-1 loss than I did with the 2-2 tie the other day,” said U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya. “We were much more aggressive, and created great opportunities in both halves. We showed good energy and over time we’ll get used to controlling the tempo of the game. On Thursday, we were too patient and today it was a bit too rushed. At times today we ran for the sake of running, now we have to put the two together.”

It was Japan that produced the first goal in the 24th minute, launching a crisp passing sequence through the U.S. defenses that ended with Miwa Sasaki slotting the ball in the lower right corner from 16 yards out past U.S. goalkeeper Cassie Miller.

The USA had several good scoring chances before that as midfielder Kayla Mills fought through a few tackles into the right side of the penalty area before smacking a shot at the near post that Japanese goalkeeper Chika Hirao had to push wide for a corner kick.

In the 16th minute U.S. captain Morgan Andrews rose to meet a corner kick and looked to have some space to finish in the left side of the goal, but the ball skimmed off her head and flew wide left of the frame.

Five minutes after the Japanese goal, Toni Payne picked off a back pass and juked a defender to free herself for a shot that was caught on a dive by Hirao.

Japan added its second goal in the 56th minute when Rika Masuya managed to poke her shot out of a goal mouth scramble and into the lower right corner of the net.

Montoya, who made five changes to the lineup that started against Japan on Thursday, made four second half subs, including sending on forward Danica Evans in the 54th minute. She had a chance to finish a rebound in the 63rd minute, but Hirao did well to smother and hold the chance.

The U.S. goal came after Green swiped a ball from a Japanese defender on the right wing and drove into the penalty area before being clipped from behind. She took the penalty kick in the 70th minute and stuck it low to the left of the ‘keeper to make it 2-1.

In the 72nd minute, Evans pushed her way through two defenders in the right corner and then dribbled down the end line, but couldn’t find a runner in the box

The USA seemingly tied the game in the 74th minute after Evans blocked a clearance from the Japanese ‘keeper near the right corner of the penalty area. Evans latched onto the loose ball as she took a touch centrally and chipped a shot from 25 yards into the wide open net. After conferring with his assistant, the referee determined that the clear had struck Evens in the arm and the goal was waved off.

The USA pushed hard for an equalizer in the final five minutes and Hirao did well to come down with a Morgan Reid cross from right wing while under pressure from several leaping U.S. attackers.

Lauren Kaskie fired low and just wide in 86th from the top of the penalty area and in the 87th minute Evans got behind Japan on a breakaway, but with three defenders in tow, cut her shot wide left of the goal from 15 yards.

U.S. goalkeeper Morgan Strearns, who played the entire second half, came up with a huge save in stoppage time, stuffing Yuka Toriumi’s one-on-one chance.

“I think it was a fair result,” said Montoya. “Japan has its qualifying for the World Cup in a month and a half so they are at a different stage than us. We are still identifying players and we have about seven months until qualifying. This camp served its purpose. We have identified a core group that I am looking forward to working with and that will help us qualify and I know they will get great results in the future.”

The U.S. U-17s are in training for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament that will send three teams to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held from Sept. 22-Oct. 13 in Azerbaijan.

The USA will come together next for a training camp in December at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

-- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report --

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Japan U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Aug. 28, 2011
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: David Vanole Field; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Weather: Sunny, hot – 88 degrees

Scoring Summary:  1     2     F
USA                         0     1     1
JPN                          1     1     2

JPN – Miwa Sasaki (Rika Masuya)      24th minute
JPN – Rika Masuya (Miwa Sasaki)      56
USA – Summer Green (penalty kick)  70

USA: 18-Cassie Miller (24-Morgan Stearns, 46); 23-Havana McElvaine (14-Morgan Reid, 37), 3-Lizzy Raben, 4-Morgan Andrews, 22-Zoey Goralski; 10-Toni Payne (25-Arielle Ship, 62), 12-Lauren Kaskie, 7-Morgan Stanton, 8-Andi Sullivan (15-Miranda Freeman, 59), 21-Kayla Mills (19-Danica Evans, 54), 11-Summer Green (17-Cameron Castleberry, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Jane Campbell, 2-Sydney Myers, 5-Maddie Bauer, 6-Joanna Boyles, 9-Amber Munerlyn, 13-Emily Bruder, 16-Darian Jenkins, 20-Olivia Hazelrigg
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

JPN: 12-Chika Hirao; 15-Miho Manya, 5-Shiori Miyake, 13-Mayo Dokou, 2-Risa Shimizu; 18-Yuka Momiki (8-Miki Irie, 80), 6-Mizuki Nakamura (14-Yui Narumiya, 62), 7-Ruka Norimatsu (10-Ayaka Noguchi, 62), 16-Miki Ito (11-Yuka Toriumi, 80), 19-Rika Masuya (capt.) (3-Akari Shiraki, 80), 23-Miwa Sasaki
Subs not used: 1-Nene Inoue, 4-Yuri Nagamachi, 9-Rin Sumida, 17-Miki Hirata, 21-Miyu Someya, 20-Ayaka Inoue, 22-Arisa Matsubara
Head Coach: Hiroshi Yoshida

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 16 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 10 / 3
Fouls: 4 / 4
Offside: 3 / 6

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Robert Sarfarez (USA)
Assistant Referee: Christopher Calderon (USA)

Assistant Referee: John Heim (USA)
Fourth Official: Mark Perry (USA) Woman of the Match:
Morgan Stanton