CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated England 2-1 on goals from Sarah Killion and Lynn Williams to sweep all three matches at the Six Nations tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA had previously defeated Japan 1-0 and Norway 2-0.
In a game that had a physical edge, the USA opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when forward Cheyna Williams turned the corner on a defender in the right side of the penalty box and was taken down. Midfielder Sarah Killion stepped up to finish the spot kick to give the USA a 1-0 lead.
The USA doubled its advantage in the 51st minute on a gaff in the back as England goalkeeper Mary Earps couldn’t control a bouncing ball near the left edge of the six-yard box. Williams stole the ball and slotted into the open net from close range.
England pulled a goal back in the 81st minute through their own Williams, first name Paige, as she took a free kick from about 25 yards out on the right side and finished low to the near post.
The 22-player U.S. squad featured 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. Those players will soon be heading to their pro clubs. The U.S. U-23s will next get together in late April for a domestic training camp that will mostly feature current college players.
- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. England U-23 Women’s National
Date: March 2, 2015
Competition: Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
ENG 0 1 1
USA – Sarah Killion (penalty kick) 33rd minute
USA – Lynn Williams 51
ENG – Paige Williams 81
USA:, 18-Abby Smith, 4-Caprice Dydasco (13-Emily Sonnett, 76),15-Cari Roccaro, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 7-Jaelene Hinkle; 8-Sarah Killion (Capt.), 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 2-Danielle Colaprico; 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (16-Daphne Corboz, 46), 20-Lynn Williams, 19-Cheyna Williams (10-Stephanie Verdoia, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Jane Campbell, 5-Makenzy Doniak, 6-Shea Groom, 9-Rose Lavelle, 14-Samantha Mewis, 17-Andi Sullivan, 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield
ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Becky Jane, 5-Jemma Rose, 6-Satara Murray, 12-Aoife Mannion, 14-Emma Follis (15- Beth Mead, 74), 7-Sherry McCue (4-Paige Williams, 74), 8-Kasia Lipka (18-Jade Bailey, 61),16-Ashleigh Hodson (17-Kirsty Linnett, 61), 9-Nikita Parris,10-Danielle Carter
Subs not used: 3- Martha Harris, 11-Jessica Sigsworth, 13-Megan Walsh, 19-Lucy Whipp, 20-Bianca Bragg,
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside: 3 / 1
Referee: C. Eide
Assistant Referee 1: M. Lokkeberg
Assistant Referee 2: E. Thoresen