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U.S. U-19 WNT Arrive in Montreal, Get Set For Trinidad & Tobago

U.S. Under-19 WNT
CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament
May 29, 2004 – Montreal, Canada

After their 14-0 performance against the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Under-19 WNT will face Trinidad & Tobago at McGill University Stadium in Montreal for their next Group B match at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET and there is no American television, but fans can follow the match, and all the Under-19s matches in qualifying, live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Trinidad & Tobago fell to Costa Rica 4-1 in their opening match on Friday (May 28). After T&T, the U.S. will finish group play against Costa Rica on June 1 at 7 p.m. ET. If the U.S. advances, the semifinals will be played in Montreal, while the final will be held in Ottawa.
U.S. U-19 Results
Date        Opponent                       Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
May 28    Dominican Republic     14-0        Kia McNeill (4), Kerri Hanks (3), Megan Rapinoe (2), Stephanie Kron, Yael
                                                                         Averbuch, Stacy Lindstrom, Rachel Buehler, Alexa Orand

U.S. U-19 Schedule
Date        Opponent                    Venue                                          Kickoff
May 30    Trinidad & Tobago    McGill Univ. Molson Stadium    6 p.m. ET
June 1     Costa Rica                  McGill Univ. Molson Stadium    7 p.m. ET
June 4     Semifinals*                 McGill Univ. Molson Stadium    5:30/8 p.m. ET
June 6     Third Place/Final*      Frank Clair Stadium                  10 a.m./1 p.m. ET
* if necessary

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 13, 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)

The U.S. got off to a resounding start in the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament by dominating the Dominican Republic 14-0 at Frank Clair Stadium on Friday (May 28). 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 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. Click here for the full game report.

With 10 goals in the first half of their opening match against the Dominican Republic, the U.S. set a record for the most goals scored in a half in a CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament. With the tournament being held just once before in 2002, the U.S. broke its own record of eight, which reached against Suriname on May 7 (also their opening match of the tournament) and against Costa Rica on May 11. The U.S. fell a goal short of tying the record for most goals scored by one team in a single game, which the U.S. set against in that same May 7 match against Suriname, winning 15-0.

After getting a good night’s rest, the U.S. woke up, packed their bags and jumped on a bus for the two-hour excursion to Montreal, the location for their next two matches in Group B. As the bus pulled out of Carleton University, the players were excited to watch “Without Limits,” the true story about the short life and fast times of the fiery Oregon distance runner who set every American record from 2,000 to 10,000 meters, before his untimely death in a car crash at the age of 24 (yes, that was basically stolen off the back of the VHS case). The case also said he didn’t just run races, he attacked them (yes, it actually said that), but the players never got the chance to see Prefontaine in action as the VCR on the bus looked like it was won on the early 70’s game show, “Sale of the Century” and provided a fuzz-filled picture on the televisions above. Instead the players either caught up on some sleep, read their latest book or listened to music on their CD players. The team made one pit stop at a gas station complex, with a Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King and numerous other eateries. Despite the fact that they would be having lunch in about an hour and a half, most of the players were hungry and got something to eat. And while the majority stayed away from anything too unhealthy as the trainers kept a close watch, somehow (Hanks!) a box of Dunkin Donuts’ munchkins (or doughnut holes as the mysterious person who bought them – Hanks! – said they are called) made their way onto the bus.

The 20,000 seat, horseshoe-shaped McGill University Molson Stadium is nestled in the heart of Montreal and is surrounded by other university buildings, which make for an interesting backdrop. Along with large, steep cement seating on the sidelines and part of the university field house connecting the sidelines at one endzone, the stadium appears to have the opportunity to keep noise in to create a frenzied atmosphere with a large crowd. On Saturday though, the stadium was pretty quiet except for the communication between the U.S. players as they practiced on the stadium field. Head coach Mark Krikorian started the practice off with a game of possession and then opening up to a short-field match with full-sized goals. At the end of the hour practice, the players practiced penalty shots.

-- Kia McNeill moved from her usual defensive position to starting forward in the USA’s first match against the Dominican Republic and it was difficult to miss the impact she had upfront. Coming into the match, McNeill hadn’t scored a goal for the U.S. U-19s in any match (seven overall and three international) over the past two years, but after 62 minutes of play she had more than made up for it, quadrupling her goal output.

-- Forward Megan Rapinoe’s two second half strikes on Friday doubled her international goal total with the U-19 WNT during her two years with the team. The international goals were also her first of the year as her previous two were in 2003.

-- With her first-half hat trick on Friday night, Kerri Hanks took over sole possession as the top goal scorer in international play for the U-19s in 2004, with five goals.

-- Alexa Orand and Becky Sauerbrunn, both of whom started Friday night, are the only two players on the roster that have played in every international match for the U-19s in 2004. Sauerbrunn is the only player that has started every international match.

-- Along with McNeill, Stephanie Kron, Stacy Lindstrom and Yael Averbuch all scored their first international goals with the Under-19s on Friday night against the Dominican Republic.

-- Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris’ shutout against the Dominican Republic was her third in four international matches this year and increased her overall career record with the U-19s to 20-2-1.

While the U-19 players are getting used to the way the ball spins and bounces on the turf fields in Canada, one thing they aren’t getting used to is the abundant scrapes, better know as “raspberries,” they receive on their hips and knees from sliding on the surface. The majority of the girls that played on Friday night were getting bandaged up after the game and not looking forward to the upcoming showers, and subsequent burning sensations when the water hits the sensitive area, during the upcoming days. 

This is Trinidad & Tobago’s second consecutive trip to the CONCACAF U-19 Final Qualifying Tournament, as the Soca Princesses were also involved in the inaugural tournament in 2002. In 2002, Trinidad & Tobago was the host of the tournament and finished second in Group A behind group winner Mexico with a record of 1-1-1 and four points. Needing to qualify for the tournament this year, T&T stamped their ticket to Canada with victories over Anguilla (17-0 aggregate) and Surinam (7-1 aggregate) during the Caribbean Zone home-and-away series preliminaries. Below is the team’s roster.
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Ann Thomas, 18-Amy Boisson; DEFENDERS (5): 2-Ayana Russell, 3-Kia Rigsby, 4-Anastasia Prescott, 5-Katrina Meyer, 6-Jemilia Mathlin; MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Nadia James,  10-Dernelle Mascall, 7-Niasha Rayes, 13-Afiya Castle, 14-Tandia Taylor, 17-Kermica Cordner; FORWARDS (5): 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson, 11-Aveann Douglas, 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 16-Shurell Burton, 15-Kennya Cordner
Coach: Marlon CHARLES

Last Time Out…

Trinidad & Tobago 1, Costa Rica 4
McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal, Canada
May 28, 2004

Goals: CRC – Karla Villalobos (4th minute, 81st), Kandy Mendoza (19th), Amanda Esquivel (90th)
            TRI – Ahkeela Mollon (64th)

Starting Lineups:
CRC: 1-Silvia Arias; 5-Monica Salazar, 6-Miriam Montes, 7-Kandy Mendoza (80: 4-Daniela Serrut), 9-Amara Wilson (82: 15-Amanda Esquivel); 10-Shirley Cruz, 11-Maciel Chacon (86: 18-Yirlania Arroyo) 13-Ivonne Rodriguez, 14-Jennifer Jimenez; 16-Karla Villalobos, 17-Laura Sanchez.

TRI: 1-Ann Thomas; 2-Ayana Russell (13-Afiya Castle, 71) 3-Kia Rigsby, 5-Katrina Meyer, 6-Jemilia Mathlin; 8-Nadia James, 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson, 10-Dernelle Mascall (7-Niasha Rayes, 56), 11-Aveann Douglas; 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 16-Shurell Burton (15-Kennya Cordner, 82).

How They Got Here…

Trinidad & Tobabo 5, Anguilla 0
James Ronald Webster Park; The Valley, Anguilla
Feb. 8, 2004

Trinidad & Tobago 12, Anguilla 0
Marvin Lee Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Feb. 15, 2004

Trinidad & Tobago 2, Surinam 1
Marvin Lee Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
March 13, 2004

Trinidad & Tobago 5, Surinam 0
Dr. F. E. Essedstadium; Paramaribo, Suriname
March 21, 2004