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U.S. Under-19 WNT Qualifies For FIFA World Championship With 6-0 Win Over Mexico

* Angie Woznuk Scores a Hat Trick in the First 26 Minutes of the Game to Lead U.S. to Thailand
* Ashlyn Harris Records Her Third Shutout of the Tournament
* Under-19s Will Next Face Canada in Finals on Sunday, June 6, at 1 p.m. ET at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa

MONTREAL, Canada (June 4, 2004) – Behind a first-half hat trick from midfielder Angela Woznuk, the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team secured a place in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship this evening with a 6-0 victory over Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-19 Final Qualifying Tournament at McGill University Molson Stadium in Montreal, Canada.

The U.S. qualified for its second straight U-19 World Championship with the semifinal victory and will have five months to prepare to defend its crown against the best in the world in Thailand from Nov. 10-27. The U.S. won the inaugural U-19 World Championship in 2002 behind a golden goal from Lindsay Tarpley in overtime for a 1-0 victory over Canada in Edmonton.

Canada captured the second of two CONCACAF bids available to the U-19 World Championship after defeating Costa Rica 4-0 in the second semifinal played directly after the USA-Mexico match.

The U.S. will face Canada in the final of the qualifying tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa. The last meeting between the two neighboring countries, the U.S. dominated behind four goals from Bristyn Davis in a 6-0 win on May 27, 2003 in Houston, Texas.

“The players did a remarkable job today of attacking the goal and providing us with an early lead,” U.S. Under-19 WNT head coach Mark Krikorian said. “I’m extremely proud of the way they played today. We accomplished our goal of getting to Thailand and we will enjoy having the chance to defend our championship.”

“We still have one more game left though as we will face a tough team in Canada in the final. This entire tournament has been top notch and I know when we go back to Ottawa we will have a great atmosphere for the game.”

In a stark contrast to the USA’s final match against Costa Rica, where a torrential downpour made for difficult field conditions, this evening’s match was played under a perfect, sunny sky with temperature around 70 degrees at kickoff. The ideal setting allowed the U.S. to come out blazing as they put Mexico under pressure early, and handled Mexico’s attack, helping the U.S. defense, and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, obtain its third shutout of the tournament. Mexico was only able to get off seven shots during the game, compared to a whopping 20 by the USA. 

Woznuk got her first goal in the 4th minute and then sewed up her hat trick with goals in the 24th and 26th minutes. Hanks, currently the leading scorer of the tournament with eight goals, also notched a goal in each half and Stephanie Kron capped off the night with a scorching free kick in the final minute of the match for her second in qualifying.
Krikorian’s plan to score early to put Mexico on its heels was executed to perfection by Woznuk with a blast from the top of the penalty area in just the fourth minute. Stephanie Lopez curled in a cross from her left back position and the ball was knocked around the box before a Mexican defender tried to clear it out of danger, only to knock it directly to Woznuk. The University of Portland midfielder struck the rolling ball, slamming it off the underside of the crossbar before hitting the back of the net.

After taking a 1-0 lead, Mexico tried to assert itself more in the attacking end in hopes of finding the equalizer, but the U.S. defense, led by center back Becky Sauerbrunn, held their forwards in check, only allowing Monica Ocampo a couple long distance strikes that were easily snared by Harris.

The U.S. regained control and Woznuk broke the game open with two more goals during a three-minute span. The first came in the 24th minute off a 22-yard free kick from the middle of the field. With a precise touch, Woznuk curled the ball over the wall and dropped it just inside the lower-right post. Two minutes later, Stephanie Logterman made a nice dribbling run into the left side of the penalty area and dropped it back across the goalmouth to a waiting Woznuk, who drilled it home with a one-timer past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Paolo Martinez. On the play, Sheree Gray did well to let the ball pass her as Woznuk was in a better position for the strike.  

“I talked to all the girls before the game and we wanted to score right away,” said Woznuk. “All I was thinking about was scoring and it just happened that I was able to get three pretty early.”
Hanks scored the final goal of the half on an eight-yard one-timer after Logterman started an attack down the left sideline after dispossessing Alexandra Mendoza near midfield. Logterman quickly played a ball down the flank to Gray, who dribbled to the endline, pulled the ball back to defeat her defender and then found Hanks in front of the goal.

Hanks almost snuck another in before the halftime whistle, but her blast from 15 yards out was well-saved by Martinez as she dove to her right and parried the ball over the goal.

The U.S. started the second half with a few changes, bringing in Yael Averbuch at center midfield and Stephanie Kron at left midfield, while dropping Stacy Lindstrom into a centerback position. Kia McNeill also came in during the second half, replacing Gray in the 72nd minute.

After a couple of opportunities on goal by Hanks and McNeill that were off frame or snagged by Martinez, the U.S. got its fifth strike of the night. Sauerbrunn collected the ball at midfield and sent a pinpoint through ball to a streaking Hanks, giving her a one-on-one with Martinez. Hanks coolly slipped the ball by the ‘keeper and into the net. The assist was Sauebrunn’s second of her career with the U-19s.

The final goal of the night came off a free kick from the left side of the penalty area. With a pile of players lined up near the 18-yard line, Kron surprised Martinez by ripping a shot just under the crossbar. The ‘keeper was able to get a fist up and get a piece of the ball, but she couldn’t keep it from ending up into the back of the net.

Notes: Canada is the only team to win every match in the tournament and not allow a single goal against.  

- U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Competition: CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Location: McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal, Canada
Date: June 4, 2004
Attendance: 1700
Weather: Warm and sunny, 70 degrees
Scoring Summary:
                                                 1st     2nd     Final
United States                            4        2          6
Mexico                                       0         0          0

USA – Angela Woznuk (unassisted)                          4th minute
USA – Angela Woznuk (free kick)                              24th
USA – Angela Woznuk (Stephanie Logterman)       26th
USA – Kerri Hanks (Sheree Gray)                             37th
USA – Kerri Hanks (Becky Sauerbrunn)                   80th
USA – Stephanie Kron (free kick)                              89th
USA – 18-Ashlyn Harris; 3-Rachel Buehler, 6-Stephanie Lopez, 4-Nikki Krzysik (12-Yael Averbuch, 46), 11-Becky Sauerbrunn; 8-Stephanie Logterman (16-Stephanie Kron, 46), 13-Alexa Orand, 20-Stacy Lindstrom, 10-Angie Woznuk; 9-Kerri Hanks, 5-Sheree Gray (14-Kia McNeill, 72).
Subs not used: 1-Kelsey Davis, 7-Bristyn Davis, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 19-Chioma Igwe.

MEX – 1-Paolo Martinez; 2-Ana Galindo, 3-Nancy Gutierrez, 5-Devinder Vega, 6-Maria Valdez; 8-Carmenita Clothide-Padilla, 10-Rebecca Juarez, 11-Monica Ocampo, 13-Jessica Torres (9-Chrstine Nieva, 29); 16-Alexandra Mendoza (15-Janet Sandoval, 63), 18-Lourdes Gordillo.
Subs not used: 4-Cynthia Torres, 7-Mariam Dominguez, 12-Lizette Montserrat, 14-Alexandra Velazquez, 17-Leslie Munoz.

Statistical Summary:
                                USA        MEX
Shots                        20              7              
Shots on goal          15              6              
Saves                        5             11                                 
Corner Kick              5               1                       
Fouls                        19              7         
Offside                       2              0           

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alexa Orand (caution)        20th minute
MEX – Maria Valdez (caution)        37th

Referee: Maria Ortega (El Salvador)
Assistant: Charlene Douglas (Canada)
Assistant: Paulette Riley (Jamaica)
4th Official: Shane De Silva (Trinidad & Tobago)

2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Group A

Team        GP   W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD
Canada      3     3    0    0      6       14      0     +14
Mexico       3     2    1    0      6       11      6      +5
Panama     3     1    2    0      0       3       12      -9
Jamaica     3     0    3    0      0       2       12      -10

Group B
Team             GP    W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD
USA                3       2    0   1      6       25     1     +24
Costa Rica    3       2    0    1      6       15     1      +14
T&T                3       1     2    0      3       4      16    -12
Dom. Rep.    3        0    3    0      0        1      27    -26

2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
May 28
Group A
Mexico 5, Panama 1
Canada 4, Jamaica 0

Group B
Costa Rica 4, Trinidad & Tobago 1
USA 14, Dominican Republic 0

May 30
Group A
Mexico 6, Jamaica 2
Canada 7, Panama 0

Group B
Costa Rica 11, Dominican Republic 0
USA 11, Trinidad & Tobago 1

June 1
Group A
Panama 2, Jamaica 0
Canada 3, Mexico 0

Group B
Trinidad & Tobago 2, Dominican Republic 1
USA 0, Costa Rica 0

June 4
USA 6, Mexico 0
Canada 4, Costa Rica 0 

June 6
Third Place Match
Mexico vs. Costa Rica (10 a.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)

USA vs. Canada (1 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa) 

Post Match Quotes

Forward Kerri Hanks, who leads the tournament with eight goals

On qualifying for the FIFA U-19 World Championship...
"It's really exciting that we know we get to go to Thailand, but we also still want to play Canada and win our whole round of qualification. Even though we already know we are through, we still have to concentrate on Canada."

On the team's goals in Thailand...
"Obviously, our goals is to repeat our championship, but first we have to get through our bracket round. Hopefully, we can go in there, step it up a little more and do the same thing we did here in qualifying."

Angie Woznuk, who had a hat trick against Mexico

On scoring the three goals...
"In the first half I had a ton of energy and I made sure I was in all the right positions I was supposed to be. Thankfully, people listened around me because Sheree (Gray) could have hit that, but she let me because I had a better angle. Everything just worked out."

On qualifying for the World Championship...
"It takes a load of our shoulders. I think everyone really realized that we could possibly not qualify. Before the game we were real excited and now it is good that we can train for a few months and get ready for Thailand."

Rachel Buehler, who started every game for the U.S. defense

On getting three shutouts in four games...
"It's a big accomplishment for the backs to only let in one goal. That was a big deal for us. We've trained for so long now, I think our personalities really blend well. You know when someone is going to make a run forward and we can read each other now. We've developed that kind of relationship. I think that has part to due with why we go the shutouts."

On going to her second World Championship...
"I think the first time was definitely challenging, but I think this will be even harder because soccer all around the world is getting better and better, so it will be even more competitive. People are going to want to beat us even more than they already did, but in a sense that makes us want to win even more and defend our title."

Stephanie Logterman, who played in midfield and defense during the qualifying tournament...

On qualifying for Thailand...
"It's really exciting to know that we qualified and it relives a little bit of pressure, but we know we have to look towards Canada now. So, the pressure is still on in some sense."

On the team's goals at the World Championship...
"Our goal is definitely to win it again. After the last U-19 team won it, they set the standard high and it just makes the challenge that much harder. Everyone is going to bring their A-game when they play us."