SAN VALENTINO, Italy (April 28, 2016) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team fell to the Mexico Under-17 Women’s National Team in penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 in regulation to finish fourth in the 1st International Women’s Tournament of Gradisca. The USA and Mexico both finished second in their three-team groups to earn spot in the match for third place in the six-team tournament.
Olivia Wingate staked the USA to a lead in the 22nd minute against the Mexico team that was defeated 2-1 by the USA in the championship game of the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship on March 13 in Grenada, but Mexico equalized through a penalty kick in the 54th minute and the 80-minute match went straight to PKs.
The USA missed two of its first three kicks, with only Maycee Bell converting, while Mexico made all four to win the shootout.
This age group is in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
- U-16 Girls’ National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Under-16 GNT vs. Mexico
Date: April 28, 2016
Competition: 1st Women’s Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue: Stadio Comunale – San Valentino, Italy
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Weather: Low 50s; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
MEX 0 1 1
USA – Olivia Wingate (Summer Yates) 22nd minute
MEX – Daniela Arce (penalty kick) 54
USA – Summer Yates (save), Maycee Bell (goal), Emily Vatne (save)
MEX – Kimberly Rodriguez Cubero (goal), Dorian Hernandez Garcia (goal), Jimena Fuentes (goal), Alexia Delgado Alvarado (goal)
USA: 22-Katie Meyer; 4-Shae Holmes, 3- Maycee Bell, 10-Sierra Enge (capt.), 15-Brianna Martinez; 19-Cori Dyke, 16-Madeline Vergura (2-Croix Bethune, 55), 20-Summer Yates; 7-Lia Godfrey, 21-Nohemi Mendoza (8-Rebecca Jarrett, 36), 14-Olivia Wingate (9-Emily Vatne, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Hensley Hancuff, 5-Sarah Piper, 6-Kylie Minamishin, 11-Makenna Morris, 13-Madelyn Desiano, 17-Jenna Nighswonger
Head Coach: Tricia Taliaferro
MEX: 1-Kelsey Hernandez; 2-Ashley Soto (14-Reyna Reyes Stubblefield, 51), 3-Alessandra Munoz, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez Cubero, 5-Jimena Fuentes; 8-Alexia Delgado Alvarado (capt.), 9-Daniela Arce, 10-Dorian Hernandez Garcia, 11-Lizbeth Ovalle Munoz; 19-Venicia Juarez Smith, 20-Maricarmen Reyes Zarate (17-Luisa Delgado Heinz, 36)
Subs not used: 6-Venessa Gonzalez Marquez, 7-Dayana Cazares Vera, 12-Miriam Aguirre Olmos, 13-Maria Yokoyama Carreon, 15-Marianna Maldonado Gonzalez, 16-Celiana Torres Lopez, 18-Veronica Avalos Hurtado
Head Coach: Chris Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside: 1 / 2
USA – Lia Godfrey (caution) 54th minute