LA MANGA, Spain (March 5, 2016) – The U.S. U-18 Women’s National defeated the England U-19 WNT 1-0 in its second of three matches in La Manga, Spain.
Halftime substitute Abigail Kim scored in the 78th minute to provide the game-winner. Amazingly, it was the third time in a span of three days that the USA had defeated England 1-0 over three age groups on a late goal: U-18s (vs. England U-19s), U-20s (vs. England U-23s) and the senior WNT.
The goal came when Kennedy Goins played a through ball down the right side for Kim, who blasted her shot into the upper corner at the far post.
The U.S. team, which is made up mostly of players born in 1998, is facing teams made up mostly of 1997s. The USA will face finish up the competition against Norway on March 7.
All the players who traveled to Spain are age-eligible for the team that will participate in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, but the goal for this age group is to ultimately qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team vs. England U-19 Women’s National Team
Date: March 5, 2016
Competition: 2016 La Manga 8 Nation’s Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club Resort, Cartagena, Spain
Weather: 52 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
England 0 0 0
USA 0 1 1
USA – Abigail Kim (Kennedy Goins) 78th minute
USA: 1-Amanda Dennis; 17-Julie Mackin (3-Julie Doyle, 74), 7-Samantha Hiatt (capt.), 13-Taylor Mitchell, 15-Holly Daugirda, 2-Jenna Bike (19-Arlie Jones, 46), 22-Natalie Winters (21-Zoe Morse, 85), 14-Cecilia Gee (11-Sunny Dunphy, 74), 6-Olivia Athens (20-Taylor Kornieck, 46), 4-Marissa Bosco (8-Abigail Kim, 46), 16-Kennedy Goins
Subs Not Used: 5-Alissa Gorzak, 9-Malia Berkely, 10-Kaiya McCullough, 12-Marley Canales, 18-Brooke Heinsohn
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
ENG: 13-Sandy MacIver; 18-Mayumi Pacheco, 14-Gabrielle George, 16-Grace Fisk, 6-Leah Williamson, 7-Keira Walsh, 9-Jenna Leg (4-Lauren Davies, 88), 5-Sophie Stamp (12-Mollie Rouse, 69), 8-Atlanta Primus (20-Lucy Loomes, 88), 15-Rinsola Badajide, 2-Emma Kelly (10-Evie Clarke, 69)
Subs Not Used: 1-Sian Rogers, 3-Eloise Wilson, 11-Mollie Green, 17-Chiara Ritchie-Williams, 19-Chloe Peplow
Head Coach: Mo Marley
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 10
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside: 2 / 1
Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lotta Vuorio (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heini Hyvonen (FIN)