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U.S. U-17 WNT Dominates Jamaica 8-0 to take Third-Place at CONCACAF Championship


  • Mallory Pugh, Taylor Otto and Madison Haley Each Score Twice
  • Marley Canales and Civana Kuhlmann Add Single Goals
  • USA Finishes Tournament Out-Scoring Opposition 26-1 

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Nov. 9, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rebounded from a crushing penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a dominating 8-0 victory against Jamaica to take third place in the tournament.

The shootout setback on Nov. 7 meant that the United States did not advance to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but the Americans finished the tournament in style and were ahead 4-0 before 28 minutes were gone in a match that saw the USA comprehensively dominate every facet of the game.

The young Americans needed less than two minutes to open the scoring as midfielder Mallory Pugh played a cross in from the right side on the ground and center-back Taylor Otto touched it home from close range for her first goal of the tournament.

The USA made it 2-0 in the 10th minute after a nice build-up ended with midfielder Anika Rodriguez striking a shot on the ground from 16 yards out. Jamaican goalkeeper Sanay Ricketts spilled the ball to her left and forward Madison Haley pounded her shot into the open net.

In the 22nd minute, Haley got free behind the Jamaican defense but defender Sashine Smith clipped her down from behind. Smith was eventually shown the red card for being the last defender and denying an obvious scoring opportunity. Pugh stepped up and nailed her penalty kick shot into the lower left corner to make it 3-0 in the 25th minute and Jamaica had to play a woman down for the remaining 65 minutes of the match.

It took less than a minute for Pugh to score again. This time Rodriguez slipped a pass into the right side of the penalty box to forward Kelcie Hedge, who back-heeled a perfect pass to the onrushing Pugh, who powered her shot into the near post from 12 yards out.

Otto added her second goal of the game and the tournament off a corner kick from the right side that was taken by defender Tegan McCrady. Haley got the first head on the ball, sending her shot off the crossbar. The 5-10 Otto then outvjumped Haley for the rebound and looped a header over the goalkeeper, off the right post and into the net.

Haley added her second of the game in the 53rd minute after Pugh ran onto a pass that was slipped into the middle of the penalty area. She smoothly rounded the Jamaican goalkeeper to her right and then rolled a pass across the six-yard box for Haley to push into the open net.

Midfielder Marley Canales made in 7-0 in the 83rd minute after taking a short corner kick from Civana Kuhlmann. She dribbled into the left side of the penalty area and hit a shot through traffic that bounced off the inside of the right post and rolled over the goal line. It was the second goal of the tournament for Canales.

The USA scored its eighth and final goal in the 90th minute as right back Ellie Jean dribbled all the way to the end line before cutting a pass back into the seam for the 14-yeard-old Kulhman who spun her first-time shot into the lower left corner to cap off the USA’s tournament with a 26-1 goal difference.

Additional Notes:

  • Mallory Pugh and Zoe Redei led the USA in scoring in the tournament with five goals each.
  • Pugh also finished the tournament four assists, tied with Madison Haley for the team-high.
  • Madison Haley finished the tournament with four goals and four assists.
  • All 20 players on the U.S. roster played in the tournament.
  • Twelve different players scored in the tournament for the USA.
  • Eleven different players had assists.
  • Defender Mia Gyau, forward Maddy Schultz and defender Zoe Morse were not able to be selected for the match due to illness.
  • The USA was not shut out in any match during this U-17 cycle in 2013.
  • U.S. head coach B.J. Snow used three subs, all in the second half. Civana Kuhlmann replaced Anika Rodriguez in the 54th minute, Frankie Tagliaferri replaced Madison Haley in the 56th and Gabby Carreiro came on for Mallory Pugh in the 77th.
  • Fourteen-year-old Civana Kuhlman had two goals in the tournament.
  • Defender Natalie Jacobs was the only U.S. player to play all 450 minutes of the tournament.
  • Taylor Racioppi received her second yellow card of the tournament in the last match and was not eligible for the third-place game.
  • The USA out-shot Jamaica by 41 shots, 40-1.
  • The USA is 18-0-2 all-time in the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Nov. 9, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship – Third-Place Match
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,000
Weather: 82 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:   1    2    F         
USA                            0    0    0        
JAM                           5    3    8         

USA – Taylor Otto (Mallory Pugh)                          2nd minute
USA – Madison Haley (Anika Rodriguez)                10
USA – Mallory Pugh (penalty kick)                          25      
USA – Mallory Pugh (Kelcie Hedge)                         26
USA – Taylor Otto (Madison Haley)                        40
USA – Madison Haley (Mallory Pugh)                     53
USA – Marley Canales (Civana Kuhlmann)              83
USA – Civana Kulhman (Ellie Jean)                        90

Lineups:
USA: 18-Kat Hess; 10-Ellie Jean (capt.), 6-Natalie Jacobs, 13-Taylor Otto, 12-Tegan McGrady; 4-Marley Canales, 2-Dorian Bailey, 17-Mallory Pugh (5-Gabriella Carreiro, 77); 8-Kelcie Hedge 3-Madison Haley (25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 56), 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Civana Kuhlmann, 54)
Subs Not Used: 1-Lauren Rood, 9-Zoe Morse, 15-Zoe Redei
Suspended: 14-Taylor Racioppi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

JAM: 13-Sanay Ricketts; 2-Sashine Smith (ejected, 22), 4-Cachet Lue (20-Amoya Johnson-Craword 46), 5-Konya Plummer, 9-Asia Lee-Fatt, 10-Felicia Davidson, 11-Khadija Shaw (capt.), 12-Jorja Hughes, 14-Deneisha Blackwood, 19-Robyn-Anne Whittaker (16-Cheyenne Wakeland-Hart, 72), 21-Jessica Johnson (7-Petagay Planter, 8)
Subs not used: 1-Lotteafa Clarke, 6-Melissa Hamilton, 8-Asheina Nelson, 15-Calletia Savizon, 17-Samantha Sanfilippo, 18-Camille Nurse,
Head Coach: Merron Gorden

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 41 / 1
Shots on Goal: 19 / 1
Saves: 1 / 11
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 7
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
JAM – Sashine Smith (ejection)                     22nd minute

Officials:
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Woman of the Match: Marley Canales


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