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U.S. U-15 Girls' Defeat Chile U-16s in First Match at USYS ODP Thanksgiving Interregional

The U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team defeated the Chile U-16 Girls' National Team, 3-1, in its first match of the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament on Nov. 19 at Coral Glades High School as midfielder Natalia Ledezma figured in all three goals.

The USA dominated the game against its year-older counterparts, out-shooting the Chileans, 33-8. The U.S. scored in the 13th minute off a cross from Ledezma from the right wing as forward Devin Marshall poked the ball past the Chile goalkeeper.

Chile tied the match on a penalty kick in the 26th minute, but the Americans scored just after halftime when Olivia Schultz followed up a rebound off a shot from Ledezma and slid to knock the ball into the net. Ledezma finished off the game in the 68th minute, launching a free kick into the upper left corner of the goal.

The U.S. U-15s take on the Canada U-16s in their next match on Wednesday night at Coral Glades High School.

Match-up: USA vs. Chile
Competition: U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional
Venue: Coral Glades High School; Coral Springs, Florida
Date: November 19, 2007; Kickoff – 7 p.m. ET

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

USA – Devin Marshall (Natalia Ledezman) 13th minute.
CHI – Yepsy Ojede (penalty kick) 26.
USA – Olivia Schultz (Natalia Ledezma) 48.
USA – Natalia Ledezma (unassisted) 68.

USA: 24-Anna Sieloff (1-Emily Oliver, 46); 2-Mollie Pathman, 10-Megan Oyster, 16-Carrie Whigham (6-Briana Hovington, 46), 9-Catherine Sessions; 8-Natalia Ledezma, 3-Michelle Cruz (11-Brittany Von Rueden, 62), 5-Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (5-Haley Rosen, 62), 15-Samantha Mewis; 4-Devin Marshall, 7-Cate Parchinski (Olivia Schultz, 46).
Head Coach: Tad Bobak


Statistical Summary:
             USA / CHI
Shots: 33 / 8
Shots on Goal: 23 / 5
Saves: 5 / 20
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 9
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michelle Cruz (caution) 33.
CHI – Yepsy Ojede (caution) 63.