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U.S. U-19 WNT To Face Canada in CONCACAF Qualifying Final


U.S. Under-19 WNT
CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament
June 5, 2004 – Ottawa, Canada

STILL ONE MORE TO GO
The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27, with a 6-0 victory over Mexico on Friday (June 4) in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Montreal, Canada, but their task isn’t totally finished. The U.S. will face Canada on Sunday in the tournament final in Ottawa for the right to call themselves the best team in the region. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet, but as the match will not be available on television in the U.S., fans can follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match will be played at Frank Clair Stadium, the location of the USA’s opening group match against the Dominican Republic, which they won easily 14-0. Canada secured the second of two CONCACAF bids to the U-19 World Championship by defeating Costa Rica 4-0, directly after the USA-Mexico match on Friday night.  
Date        Opponent                   Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
May 28    Dominican Republic    14-0 W    Kia McNeill (4), Kerri Hanks (3), Megan Rapinoe (2), Stephanie
                                                             
Kron, Yael Averbuch, Rachel Buehler, Alexa Orand, Stacy Lindstrom
May 30    Trinidad & Tobago       11-1 W   Kerri Hanks (3), Bristyn Davis (2), Yael Averbuch, Angie Woznuk,
                                                             Rachel Buehler, Megan Rapinoe 
June 1     Costa Rica                 0-0 T   
June 4     Mexico (Semifinal)      6-0 W    Angie Woznuk (3), Kerri Hanks (2), Stephanie Kron
Date       Opponent               Venue                            Kickoff
June 6    Canada (Final)        Frank Clair Stadium        1 p.m. ET


2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Group A
Team           GP   W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD
Canada        3     3    0    0      9       14     0    +14
Mexico         3      2    1    0      6       11     6     +5
Panama       3     1    2    0      3         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      7       25     1    +24
Costa Rica     3     2     0    1     7       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   [Click here for the match report]

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    [Click here for the match report]

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   [Click here for match report]

June 4
Semifinals (winners advanced to FIFA World Championship)
USA 6, Mexico 0  [Click here for match report]
Canada 4, Costa Rica 0

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

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

BACK TO OTTAWA
The U.S. packed up their bags late on Friday night and threw them on the bus this morning as the team drove the two-hour trip back to Ottawa, where they held their training sessions leading up to the qualifying tournament and played their first match against the Dominican Republic. The team made one stop during the trip and pulled into a gas station, giving the ladies the chance to grab some snacks and check out the numerous odd souvenirs that were available. The gas station was located in the middle of nowhere, with nothing else within a few miles in either direction, but oddly enough, right next to the gas station was an Extreme Motocross event. There was a number of dirt jumps, a short racing course and a packed set of bleachers on one end. The players were either not interested or just more concerned with getting some food as none took the time to take a peek at the event that seemed quite popular as there were seven yellow school busses parked at the gas station. From the confines of the bus as it rolled in the parking lot and then out and back towards Ottawa, the players didn’t get the chance to see any extreme tricks pulled off either, as both times no one was out on the course performing aerobatic tricks. The team arrived in Ottawa an hour later and moved their equipment in to their new dorm rooms at Ottawa University before quickly grabbing a bite to eat and heading out to practice.

THE FINAL PRACTICE   
The U.S. held their final practice before facing Canada in the final of the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament this afternoon at Ottawa University. After a light warm-up, the players broke into two teams and played 11v11 on a full field, with one team portraying Canada, as they played numerous long balls from the back, a style of play the Canadians use fairly often during matches. Angela Woznuk looked to still be “feeling it” (which was the comment she made during the semifinal match where she scored the USA’s first three goals), as she ripped a shot from beyond the penalty area into the upper-right of the goal. After the short 15-minute game, the U.S. players practiced penalty kicks in the case tomorrow’s match is decided from the penalty spot.


QUICK HITS

-- The last time the U.S. Under-19 WNT faced Canada was May 27, 2003, at the USYSA International Tournament in Houston, Texas. The U.S. got four goals from Bristyn Davis as the U.S. cruised to a 6-1 victory.

-- Kerri Hanks is the tournament’s leading scorer with just one match left. The crafty forward has eight goals (twice as much as her nearest competitors) while playing in three games, earning a hat trick in her first two matches. Hanks is also the team’s leading international goal scorer in 2004 with 10 in just seven games.

-- Including Hanks, the U.S. has four of the top 10 goal scorers during the tournament. Kia McNeill and Angie Woznuk are tied for second place with four goals, along with Aysha Jamani of Canada, and Monica Ocampo and Carmenita Padilla of Mexico. Megan Rapinoe is tied for third with three goals, along with three other players. 

-- Angie Woznuk’s natural hat trick in the USA’s 6-0 win over Mexico doubled her international goal output for the year. Woznuk came into the tournament with two goals and added one against Trinidad & Tobago before her three strikes on Friday. 

-- This will be the first time the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Final Qualifying Tournament will have games beyond group play. In the inaugural tournament in 2002, the top two finishers in Group A and Group B automatically qualified for the World Championship.

-- Ashlyn Harris recorded her third shutout of the tournament and has not been scored on at any point during her 332 minutes in front of the net for the USA.

-- The U.S. has yet to use the same starting lineup for any of its four matches in the tournament as head coach Mark Krikorian has tinkered with his lineup for each opponent. All 18 player on the roster have seen playing time at some point during the tournament as well.

A BIT ABOUT OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS
This is the first time Canada had to qualify for the FIFA U-19 World Championship as they were the host nation in the inaugural tournament in 2002. The team, coached by Ian Bridge, achieved their highest finish ever in their women’s history during the World Championship in 2002, finishing in second place as they fell to the U.S. 1-0 on a golden goal in overtime in the final. Canada is the only team to have won every match during this year’s CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament and the only team not to allow a single goal. They defeated Jamaica 4-0, Panama 7-0 and Mexico 3-0 to snag nine points and finish atop Group A, before downing Costa Rica 4-0 in the semifinals. Midfielder Kara Lang, who is a fixture with the full Canadian Women’s National Team, having played 41 caps for their top squad and registering 21 goals, leads Canada. Lang has two goals during the tournament, while Aysha Jamani leads the team with four goals, and Josee Belanger and Emily Zurrer each have three.


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