CHICAGO (May 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 2-1 on goals from Kayla Mills and Cari Roccaro to win its first of three matches at the Four Nations Tournament in Norway.
The tournament, that also includes the U-23 sides from Norway and England, is being held Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden.
The USA opened the scoring in just the fifth minute after a Sweden defender tried to clear the ball from near the end line, but failed to put it out of danger. Mills collected the ball and dribbled to the top of the penalty box before playing a wall pass with Rose Lavelle. Mills dribbled past a defender and finished from about eight yards out.
The USA’s second goal came in the 29th minute off a corner kick that Sweden failed to clear. Claire Falknor fired a shot, but the ball was deflected, and Sweden tried to clear again. Mills collected the ball around the midfield and passed to Roccaro, who turned and hit a spectacular strike from about 35 yards out and over the goalkeeper.
Sweden pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute off a corner kick. U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith came out to clear the cross, but it deflected off her gloves and the goal was credited to Elin Landstrom who had taken the corner.
The USA continues the competition against England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium.
- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 27, 2015
Competition: U-23 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
SWE 0 1 1
USA - Kayla Mills (Rose Lavelle) 5th minute
USA - Cari Roccaro (Kayla Mills) 29
SWE - Elin Landstrom 53
USA: 18-Abby Smith; 15-Kayla Mills (5-Carson Pickett, 77); 21-Christen Westphal; 2-Cari Roccaro; 19-Andi Sullivan; 7-Claire Falknor (4-Michaela Hahn, 46); 6-Daphne Corboz; 10-Rose Lavelle; 14-Taylor Smith; 25-Katie Stengel (17-Savannah Jordan, 89); 9-Chioma Ubogagu (16-Margaret Purce, 66)
Substitutes Not Used: Jane Campbell, Hope D’Addario, Ashley Meier
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield
SWE: 12-Zecira Musovic; 2-Hanna Glas; 3-Nathalie Bjorn; 4-Jennie Nordin; 5-Elin Landstrom (15-Nina Jakobsson, 68); 14-Fanny Andersson (10-Moa Hedell, 68); 16-Julia Karkrnas (6-Ellen Lofqvist, 73); 7-Petra Andersson; 11-Jonna Andersson; 9-Pauline Hammarlund (18-Amanda Egren, 77); 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes Not Used: Jennifer Falk, Alice Nilsson, Elin Karlsson
Head Coach: Calle Barrling
Stats Summary: USA/SWE
Shots: 14 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2
USA - Claire Falknor (Caution) - 36th Minute
Referee: Cathrine Eide (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marianne Laugerud (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kenneth Johansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ole Valen (NOR)