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U.S. Under-16 Girls Shutout Mexico's Under-18s 3-0; U.S. Under-18 Men Come Back to Beat UNAM Pumas 2-1

CHICAGO (Friday, August 3, 2001) - The United States Under-16 Girl's National Team scored three second half goals - including a pair from Cristina Estrada - and topped Mexico's Under-18 Women's National Team 3-0 at the sixth annual U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival at Trinity Christian College in Palos Haights, Ill. The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team scored two second-half goals to record a 2-1 comeback win over UNAM Pumas, their second win in two nights at the U.S. Soccer Festival.

The Under-16s have posted an undefeated record of 7-0-1 in 2001 and have shut out four of their last five opponents. Two goals from Estrada, sandwiched around Angela Woznuk's 59th minute-strike, gave the U.S. their seventh victory of the year. Kelsey Rasmussen played the first half in goal for the U.S. and held the Mexican attack scoreless, before making way for Julie Ryder in the second half. The pair combined for the USA's fifth shutout of the year.

After a scoreless first half, Estrada put the U.S. on the board in the 47th minute. The U.S., who outshot their southern neighbors 13-2, went further ahead with a Woznuck goal in the 59th minute and Estrada's second goal in the 63rd.

The U.S. Under-16 Girl's will conclude their play in the 2001 U.S. Soccer Festival with an 11 a.m. match against a USASA National Select Team at PLAYUSA in Naperville on Sunday. The match will be followed by the U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team facing the Mexican Under-18 Women's National Team.

The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team used Andre Schmid and Brett Wiesner goals five minutes apart in the second half to comeback and top UNAM Pumas' Under-20 side 2-1. The match was the Under-18s final match of the 2001 U.S. Soccer Festival, and George Gelnovatch's team finished with an even 2-2 record.

The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell behind in the 49th minute on Pumas' only goal of the game. But a Pumas player was shown his second caution of the match in the 58th minute, and the Mexican side had to play with only 10 men the remainder of the match. The U.S. took advantage of a 10-man opposing team for the second consecutive game, scoring twice in a five-minute span for the comeback win.

In the 78th minute, Schmid equalized on a Ned Grabavoy corner kick, and five minutes later Michael Enfield set Wiesner up for the game-winning goal. The win finished off a busy summer for the Under-18s, who competed in two tournaments in Europe in June.

In other action on Friday, the West Region Team topped the South Region Team 3-0 in the USASA Final, while the Midwest topped the East 2-1 in the third-place USASA match. On the women's side, the West Region hammered the East Region, 4-1, and the South beat the Midwest by an identical 4-1 scoreline.

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will play their final match of the Festival on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Trinity Christian College against a USASA National Select Team. John Ellinger's team has held a second-half lead in each of the matches against older competition, and in each match the Under-17s have allowed a late goal. The Under-17s have posted two draws and a loss in their first three Festival matches.

This year's U.S. Soccer Festival follows a successful 2000 Amateur Soccer Festival that was held in Kingston, Rhode Island. The first Amateur Soccer Festival was held in San Antonio in 1996, and previous Amateur Soccer Festivals have also been held in Portland (1999), Manchester, N.H. (1998) and Blaine, Minn. (1997).

Recognizing the need to continue the development of young American players and needing a forum to identify other up-and-coming players, the United States Amateur Soccer Association has developed this event to serve those needs through its partnership with the United States Soccer Federation and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival was originally conceived when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) discontinued staging their annual U.S. Sports Festival in 1995. The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival, which is sponsored and organized by the USASA, has incorporated the concept used in the U.S. Sports Festival and has expanded it to also include several U.S. National Teams, and for the third consecutive year, international teams.

The 2001 Amateur Soccer Festival is being hosted this year by the Illinois State Soccer Association, who received a grant of $179,000 from the state of Illinois to plan, promote and host the U.S. Soccer Festival, as well as the Midwest Regional Tournament of State Champions and the local qualification phase of the Tournament of the Mexican-American Communities of the U.S.A.

U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Team Match Summary

U.S. Goalscoring:
Cristina Estrada (Adele Letro), 47.
Angela Woznuk (Stacy Lidstrom), 59.
Cristina Estrada (Catherine Krambeer), 63.

Line-up: 18-Kelsey Rasmussen (1-Julie Ryder, 46); 3-Rachel Buehler, 5-Becky Sauerbrunn, 4-Jen Buczkowski; 8-Amy Burlingham (12-Adele Letro, 21), 14-Mary Castelanelli (7-Shannon Foley, 46), 6-Stacy Lindstrom (Ali Christoph, 67), 16-Carrie Schmit (13-Caitlin Ursini, 46); 15-Ashley Foster (11-Cristina Estrada, 40), 9-Katherine Mahoney (10-Angela Woznuk, 46), 20-Catherine Krambeer.

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Match Summary

U.S. Goalscoring:
Andre Schmid (Ned Grabavoy), 78.
Brett Wiesner (Michael Enfield), 83.

Line-up: Steve Cronin (Noah Palmer, 46); Ryan Cochrane, Troy Roberts, C.J. Klaas, John Hartman (Andre Schmid, 69); Greg Dalby (Joe Vide, 61), Kirk Dinnall, Michael Enfield, Ned Grabavoy; Knox Cameron, Brett Wiesner (Ryan Alexander, 86).