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U.S. Under-19 WNT Dominates Dominican Republic 14-0 in Opening Match of CONCACAF Qualifying

* Starting Forwards Kerri Hanks and Kia McNeill Lead the Way With Seven Goals
* U.S. Sets Record For Most Goals in a Half in Short History of CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament With 10 in the First Half
* The U.S. Defense Holds the Dominican Republic to Zero Shots on Goal
* Under-19s Will Next Face Trinidad & Tobago in Montreal on Sunday, May 30 at 6 p.m. ET

OTTAWA, Canada (May 28, 2004) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team cruised to a 14-0 win over the Dominican Republic this evening at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, Canada, in their opening match of the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament. Three players notched multiple goal games as Kia McNeill paced the U.S. attack with four goals, while Kerri Hanks started off the scoring and ended up with three total, and second-half substitute Megan Rapinoe buried two of her own.

“The players came out and secured the result we were looking for in the first half,” U.S. Under-19 WNT head coach Mark Krikorian said. “I’m happy with the way they played attacking soccer from the opening whistle and took control of the match. Now, as a team we are looking forward to moving on to Montreal and getting ready for Trinidad and Tobago.”

The U.S. was clearly the dominant team, coming out of the blocks flying and pressuring the Dominican backline into early mistakes that turned into opportunities on goal. The USA’s urgency to attack the target resulted in 10 goals in the first half, breaking the record for most goals in a half at a CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament of eight, set by the U.S. twice in 2002. During the entire match the U.S. peppered the Dominican goal with a total of 28 shots on goal, while keeping any chances for a Dominican counter in check and not allowing a single shot on frame. Along with the multiple-goal scorers, Alexa Orand, Yael Averbuch, Stacy Lindstrom, Rachel Buehler and Stephanie Kron netted goals for the U.S.

Forward Kerri Hanks opened the floodgates in just the 2nd minute, snagging a poorly played ball by a Dominican defender and sprinting past the backline for a one-on-one with goalkeeper Heidy Salazar. Hanks calmly pushed her shot past Salazar to give the U.S. a lead that would never be in jeopardy for the rest of the match.

Two minutes later, the U.S. capitalized off a throw-in on the left sideline by midfielder Stacy Lindstrom. The six-footer tossed the ball deep into the penalty area where defender Rachel Buehler was able to outjump her defender and head it just under the crossbar.

After a number of near misses, Hanks scored her second goal of the night when Lindstrom won one of her numerous headers on the night in midfield, knocking it upfield. A Dominican defender tried to clear it from danger, but whiffed, allowing the ball to bounce behind the backline. Hanks pounced on the loose ball and had a clear path on goal, slipping it past Salazar once again.

During the next five minutes, McNeill began her onslaught by registering two goals. In the 16th minute, Angie Woznuk intercepted a pass in the final third and threaded the ball between defenders to McNeill on the left side of the penalty area. McNeill dribbled in on goal, juked the onrushing Salazar and tapped the ball into the open net. A few minutes later, Alexa Orand led McNeill down the left flank, where the forward collected the ball, cut inside and ripped a rising shot past the ‘keeper.

Woznuk, who played just 32 minutes, got her second assist of the night in the 21st minute on a pretty finish by Hanks. With the ball near the top of the box, Hanks played it out wide right for Woznuck, who dribbled to the baseline and sent in a low cross as Hanks streaked towards the near post. With Salazar to her left, Hanks let the ball slip through her legs before hitting it with her right heel to direct the pass into the back of the net.

Yael Averbuch got onto the scoreboard in the 36th minute with one of the best strikes of the night. Hanks’ attempt at the top of the area was blocked and the ball bounced over to Averbuch, who unleashed a one-timer from 20 yards out that sneaked just inside the right post.

The U.S. put the finishing touches on a marvelous first half with three goals in the final three minutes as Stephanie Kron (43rd), McNeill (44th) and Lindstrom (45th) all netted goals. Kron received a ball down the right flank, sliced in towards goal and ripped her shot into the lower corner, while McNeill finished off a shot by Averbuch that was saved by Salazar and Lindstrom knocked home a Averbuch corner kick just seconds before the halftime whistle. 

The U.S. slowed down the attack in the second half, but still came away with four goals, two by Rapinoe.

Defender Nikki Krzysic, who came on for Kron to start the second half, won a header in midfield and knocked it forward to Rapinoe about 25 yards from goal. Rapinoe collected the ball, quickly turned towards goal and juked three defenders to put her free on goal before touching it around the charging Salazar and tapping the ball into the open net.

McNeill scored her fourth goal and notched her first assist in the next flurry of goals. In the 62nd minute, Buehler sent a long ball from her right back position to put the speedy forward in alone on goal and McNeill once again beat Salazar, putting the ball into the upper-right side of the net. Then four minutes later, McNeill collected a ball from Orand and slipped a pass just under the outstretched arms of Salazar across the goal to Rapinoe, who held off her defender for her second goal.

With a insurmountable lead, McNeill was taken off the field and not replaced as the U.S. played with 10 players for the remainder of the match.

Orand, who was fantastic running up and down the left outside midfield and creating havoc all game, got the final tally of the night in the 87th minute. Rapinoe sent in a cross from the left and Orand fought her way through two defenders to get a foot on it and push it into the lower left side of the goal.

Notes: In the first match at Frank Clair Stadium, Mexico defeated Panama 5-1 in Group A … In the other two matches at McGill University Molson Stadium in Montreal, Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-1 in Group B and Canada downed Jamaica by the score of 4-0 in Group A.

- U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team vs. Dominican Republic
Competition: CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Location: Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa, Canada
Date: May 28, 2004
Attendance: 500
Weather: Cool and cloudy; 65 degrees
Scoring Summary:
                                                1st     2nd     Final
United States                            10        4         14
Dominican Republic                   0         0          0

USA –  Kerri Hanks (unassisted)                                2nd minute
USA – Rachel Buehler (Stacy Lindstrom)                  4th
USA – Kerri Hanks (Stacy Lindstrom)                        14th
USA – Kia McNeill (Angie Woznuk)                           16th
USA – Kia McNeill (Alexa Orand)                              19th
USA – Kerri Hanks (Angie Woznuk)                          21st
USA – Yael Averbuch                                                  36th
USA – Stephanie Kron (Stephanie Logterman)       43rd
USA – Kia McNeill                                                       44th
USA – Stacy Lindstrom (Yael Averbuch)                  45th
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Nikki Krzysik)                     52nd
USA – Kia McNeill (Rachel Buehler)                         62nd
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Kia McNeill)                       66th
USA – Alexa Orand (Megan Rapinoe)                      87th

USA – 18-Ashlyn Harris; 3-Rachel Buehler, 6-Stephanie Lopez, 11-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Stephanie Logterman; 20-Stacy Lindstrom, 13-Alexa Orand, 10-Angie Woznuk (16-Stephanie Kron, 32; 4-Nikki Krzysic, 46), 12-Yael Averbuch; 9-Kerri Hanks (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 14-Kia McNeill
Subs not used: 1-Kelsey Davis, 5-Sheree Gray, 7-Bristyn Davis, 19-Chioma Igwe. 

DOM – 1-Heidy Salazar; 2-Jiselly Rodriguez, 4-Ana Diaz (19-Yadrisa Fernandez, 74), 5-Niurka Hernandez (7-Marlin Rosado, 46), 6-Denny Nunez; 9-Yolanda Osana Valerio, 11-Davilayda Uribe (8-Rainelsa Peralta, 46), 14-Oliva Santana, 15-Leonela Mojica; 18-Dahiana Joseph Lorenzo, 20-Ana Brendaly
Subs not used: 2-Johana Elizabeth Santelis, 13-Esmerlyn Garcia, 16-Maria Mojica, 18-Margarita Arien Guerrero.

Statistical Summary:

                                  USA        DOM
Shots                          32             1       
Shots on goal            28             0
Saves                          0             14                
Corner Kick                6              0            
Fouls                          14             2          
Offside                        9              0            

Misconduct Summary:


Head Referee: Maria Ortega (SLV)
Assistant: Milena Lopez (CRC)
Assistant: Patricia Pacheco (SLV)
4th Official: Shane DeSilva (TRI)

2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Group A

Team       GP   W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD
Canada      1     1    0    0      3       4        0     +4
Mexico      1     1    0    0      3       5       1      +4
Jamaica     1     0    1    0      0       0        4      -4
Panama     1     0    1    0      0       1       5       -4

Group B

Team            GP   W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD

USA               1     1    0    0      3       14     0     +14
Costa Rica    1     1    0    0      3        4      1      +3
T&T                1     0    1    0      0        1      0       -3
Dom. Rep.    1     0    1    0      0        0     14       -14

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

May 30
Group A
Mexico vs. Jamaica (3:30 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)
Canada vs. Panama (6 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)

Group B

Costa Rica vs. Dominican Republic (3:30 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago (6 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)

June 1

Group A
Panama vs. Jamaica (4:30 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)
Canada vs. Mexico (7 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)

Group B
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Dominican Republic (4:30 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)
USA vs. Costa Rica (7 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)

June 4
Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-up (5:30 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)
Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-up (8 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)

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

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