CARSON, Calif. (June 4, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Mexico, 1-0, in its second game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational as Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner on the stroke of halftime. The USA fell 3-0 to Japan in its first match of the tournament on June 2.
The U.S. goal came on a fantastic build-up as the young Americans worked the bull up the middle to Taylor Racioppi, who with her back to the goal, flicked the ball through to Mallory Pugh inside the penalty area. The crafty U.S. attacker dribbled around the Mexico goalkeeper to the left and slotted the ball into the open net for what would be the final margin of victory.
The four-team tournament is being played on Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. Japan is in control after winning its first two games, defeats of the USA and Brazil by a combined 7-0 score, and the final match day on June 6 pits Japan vs. Mexico at Noon followed by the USA vs. Brazil at 3 p.m.
All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papau New Guinea.
- U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team v. Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen "Mooch" Myrnek Field; Carson, California
Weather: 65 degrees; Overcast
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
MEX 0 0 0
USA -- Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi) 45th minute
USA: 18-Casey Murphy, 2-Maddie Elliston (22-Courtney Petersen, 46), 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 6-Sabrina Flores, 5-Mikaela Harvey (16-Savannah DeMelo, 46), 12-Emily Ogle (8-Parker Roberts, 62), 10-Marley Canales (17-Ashley Sanchez, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh, 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 80), 11-Taylor Racioppi (15-Hana Kerner, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 3-Alana Cook, 14-Megan Buckingham
Head Coach: Michelle French
MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras, 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez, 3-Vanessa Flores, 4-Rebeca Bernal, 5-Jocelyn Orejel, 6-Nancy Antonio, 8-Monica Flores, 9-Jacqueline Crowther, 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (17-Belen Cruz, 72), 11-Kiana Palacios (21-Katty Martinez, 88), 16-Sonia Vazquez
Subs Not Used: 7-Janae Gonzalez, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 14-Liliana Rodriguez, 15-Briana Woodall, 18-Eva Gonzalez, 19-Julissa Davila, 20-Kimberly Rodriguez
Head Coach: Roberto Medina
Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 0 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 4 / 0
USA – Jordan Harr (caution) 69th minute
Referee: Samantha Moos (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Melissa Gonzalez (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)