LA MANGA, Spain (Feb. 9, 2012) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team opened the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, with a stunning 10-0 victory against Switzerland.
Forward Lindsey Horan tallied a hat trick while midfielders Sam Mewis and Kealia Ohai scored twice each. Julie Johnston, Morgan Brian and Chi Ubogagu knocked in singles goals as the USA scored in the sixth minute and didn’t stop until the 81st.
“We finished some good goals” said U.S. head coach Steve Swanson. “Even better though were some bits and pieces that showed how we've improved and gotten better in the things we've been working on. It was obviously a good match for us.”
Brian, the Soccer America Freshman of the Year last season for Virginia, set up the first goal from right side, splitting the defense with a perfect pass to Johnston who finished low into the right corner.
It took the USA about 19 minutes to get its second and it came on a breakaway from Ohai, who ran onto a pass from Horan to finish inside the right post.
The USA scored two more before the half as Crystal Dunn beat a defender down the right wing and crossed to Katie Stengel. The powerful U.S striker controlled the ball and laid it back to Horan who finished low inside the right corner for her first goal of the game.
Stengel was again the provider to make it 4-0 as she got end-line off a throw from the left side and hit a low cross to Horan, who played it across the box to Brian, who finished inside the left post
Mewis, younger sister of U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristie Mewis, scored her two goals within nine minutes after the second half restart. The first came on a nice combination from Mollie Pathman to Maya Hayes to Mewis, the second as she pounded home a rebound.
Horan’s second goal came on a shot from outside in the 57th minute and she completed her hat trick and a U.S. run of four goals in 11 minutes just three minutes later when she ran onto a Brian through ball to slot past the ‘keeper from 11 yards out.
Ohai made it 9-0 in the 76th minute as she first-timed a shot home off a cross from Hayes. The final goal came as Ubogagu out-ran the defense to finish from a tight angle into the lower right corner.
The USA will take on the Germany on Feb. 11 and finish the tournament against Norway on Feb. 13.
Swanson is preparing his squad for CONCACAF Qualifying that will take place in Panama City, Panama, from March 1-11. That tournament will send three teams to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
- U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: Fe. 9, 2012
Competition: La Manga Four Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club Field G, La Manga, Spain
Weather: Sunny, clear skies, 55 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
SUI 0 0 0
USA 4 6 10
USA – Julie Johnston (Morgan Brian) 6th minute
USA – Kealia Ohai (Lindsey Horan) 25
USA – Lindsey Horan (Katie Stengel) 37
USA – Morgan Brian (Lindsey Horan) 43
USA – Sam Mewis (Maya Hayes) 50
USA – Sam Mewis (Morgan Brian) 54
USA – Lindsey Horan (Sam Mewis) 57
USA – Lindsey Horan (Morgan Brian) 60
USA – Kealia Ohai (Maya Hayes) 76
USA – Chi Ubogagu (Mollie Pathman) 81
USA: Bryane Heaberlin; Crystal Dunn (Cari Roccaro, 46), Olivia Brannon, Kassey Kallman, Mollie Pathman (capt.), Sarah Killion (Mandy Laddish, 63), Julie Johnston (Sam Mewis, 46), Morgan Brian (Vanessa Di Bernardo, 63), Lindsey Horan (Chi Ubogagu, 63), Katie Stengel (Maya Hayes, 46), Kealia Ohai
Subs Not Used: Abby Smith, Micaela Capelle, Stephanie Amack
Head Coach: Steve Swanson
SUI: Pascale Küffer; Karin Bernet (Stefanie Liebhart, 46), Carina Gerber (capt.), Riana Fischer, Corina Saner, Fabienne Rochaix (Bettina Brühlhart, 79), Natasha Gensetter (Justine Eugster, 64), Michel Probst, Cora Canetta (Louisa Sow Coumba, 78), Cinzia Jörg (Carole Schmid, 89), Eseosa Aigbogun (Egzona Seljimi, 46)
Subs Not Used: Nadine Böni
Head Coach: Yannick Schwery
Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 15 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14/ 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 6
Offside: 6 / 0
USA – Sam Mewis (Caution) 86th minute