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U.S. Under-23 Fall to England, 3-1, in La Manga Spain

The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team fell to the England U-23 Women’s National Team by a 3-1 score at the La Manga Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

The English sat back defensively and looked for the counter attack, tactics that worked exceptionally well as the English scored once in the first half and then twice in the last 11 minutes to get the win. The first goal came on a header from Rebecca Angus that looped over U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Davis in the 38th minute. England made it 2-0 in the 79th minute on a goal from Michelle Evans after the Americans had been dispossessed in the midfield.

The USA pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to play on an 18-yard shot by Kiki Bosio that was misplayed by England goalkeeper Marie Hourihan, but instead of the Americans getting an equalizer, it was the English that got a clincher. Two minutes from the end of the game, the U.S. team lost the ball in the back and Rachel Williams was able to chip over the head of Val Henderson for the final margin.

Henderson was forced into the match after Davis was shown a red card for taking down an English player on a breakaway just outside the penalty box about 12 minutes into the second half and the USA was forced to play with 10 women the rest of the way. The U-23s face Norway next on Feb. 13. In the day’s other match, Germany beat Norway, 1-0.


Match-up: USA vs. England
Competition: La Manga Tournament
Venue: La Manga, Spain
Date: February 11, 2008; Kickoff – 4:30 p.m. local / 10:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: n/a
Weather: Sunny, winder -- 68 degrees

Scoring Summary:
          1   2   F
USA  0   1   1
ENG 1   2   3

ENG --Rebecca Angus (Lynda Shepherd) 38th minute.
ENG -- Michelle Evans (unassisted) 79.
USA -- Kiki Bosio (unassisted) 80.
ENG -- Rachel Williams (unassisted) 88.

USA: 1-Kelsey Davis (ejected, 57); 22-Meghan Schnur, 25-Becky Sauerbrunn, 23-Nikki Krzysik – Capt. (21-Carrie Dew, 71), 4-Marissa Abegg (19-Lindsey Ozimek, 64); 5-Ameera Abdullah (Val Henderson, 57), 20-Yael Averbuch (7-Ashley Nick, 71),13-Brittany Klein; 14-Michele Weissenhofer (9-Ashlee Pistorious, 46), 16-Elizabeth Eng, 10-Kerri Hanks (26-Kiki Bosio, 46).
Subs not use: 30-Kasey Moore.

Head coach: Bill Irwin

ENG: 1-Marie Hourihan, 2-Nicole Emmawel, 3-Michelle Hickmott, 4-Lynda Shepherd, 5-Kylie Davies, 6-Kate Holtham, 7-Emma Thomas (15-Ashlee Hincks, 83), 8-Amy Kane (18-Rachel Williams, 68), 9-Rebecca Angus (12-Gemma Davison, 60, 17-Sophie Perry, 89)), 10-Susi Dunia, 11-Danni Bird (14-Michelle Evans, 72)
Subs not use: 13-Helen Alderson, 16-Katie Owen.

Head Coach: n/a

Statistical Summary:


Shots: 7 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:

USA - Megan Schnur (caution)
ENG - Lynda Shepherd (caution)
USA - Kelsey Davis (ejected)

U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Schedule
La Manga Tournament -- La Manga, Spain

Team W   L   T   Pts.   GF   GA   GD
ENG    1   0   0      3      3      1      +2
GER    1   0   0      3      1      0      +1
NOR    0   1   0      0     0      1       -1
USA     0   1   0      0      1      3      -2

U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Schedule
La Manga Tournament -- La Manga, Spain

Date           Match-Up                                                    Venue                   
Feb. 11      U-23 USA 1, U-23 England 3                 La Manga, Spain
Feb. 13      U-23 USA vs. U-23 Norway                    La Manga, Spain
Feb. 16      U-23 USA vs. U-23 Germany                 La Manga, Spain