LA MANGA, Spain (March 9, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Sweden, 2-0, to sweep all three games at the 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA also defeated Norway and the Netherlands by 2-0 scores.
The win gave the U.S. Youth WNT programs an undefeated record at this year’s competitions in La Manga, Spain as the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team also won all three of its games earlier in the month against Japan, Norway and England.
Speedy forward Ally Watt scored both goals for the U.S. against Sweden after coming on as a substitute in the 61st minute. The first strike came in the 81st minute as she darted in to pick off a back pass from a Sweden defender and finished from 12 yards out.
She clinched the match in the 86th minute after Mallory Pugh got her head on a long punt from goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak to flick the ball into the path of the sprinting Watt, who took a touch to beat a defender and finish low and hard into the corner. The goals were Watt’s first in international competition.
This was the first international event for this age group in the new cycle as they focus on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.
- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
SWE 0 0 0
USA – Ally Watt 81st minute
USA – Ally Watt (Mallory Pugh) 86
USA: 18-Samantha Leshnak, 6-Sabrina Flores (22- Courtney Petersen, 46) 19-Natalie Jacobs (capt.), 5-Kaliegh Riehl (14-Jessie Scarpa, 61) 3-Maddie Elliston, 10-Marley Canales, 2-Emily Ogle, 7-Mikaela Harvey (8-Parker Roberts, 69), 12-Jordan Harr (20-Savannah DeMelo, 69), 9-Mallory Pugh, 15-Taylor Racioppi (4-Ally Watt, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Casey Murphy, 11-Michaela Abam, 16- Zoe Redei, 17-Megan Buckingham, 21-Rachel Corboz, 23-Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French
SWE: 1-Zecira Musovic (23-Matilda Haglund, 46), 14-Anna Oskarsson (13-Emelie Andersson, 79), 5-Marie Johansson, 3-Julia Ekholm, 2 Ronja Aronsson, 17-Nathalie Persson (15-Maja Göthberg, 66), 8-Filippa Angeldal (18-Michelle De Jongh, 46), 6-Ellen Löfqvist, 11-Julia Zigiotti Olme (7-Tove Almqvist, 46), 9-Stina Blackstenius, 10-Linda Hallin (20-Emma Jansson, 66)
Subs not used: 4-Nathalie Björn, 12-Emma Holmgren, 16-Maja Norrhamn, 19-Anna Anvegård
Head Coach: Calle Barrling
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11/ 5
Shots on Goal: 8 /4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0
USA – Samantha Leshnak (caution) 79th minute
Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala
Assistant Referee 1: Nina Hammarberg
Assistant Referee 2: Piia Jäntti
Fourth Official: Linda Andresen