CHASSIO, Switzerland (June 2, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated the Switzerland Under-19 WNT, 2-1, as forwards Frankie Tagliaferri and Rachel Jones scored in the 32nd and 64th minutes, respectively.
The match, which was played with 40-minute halves, was the USA’s second win over the Switzerland U-19s in three days after a 3-2 victory on May 31.
The opening goal originated from the right side of the field as a cross deflected off the leg of a Switzerland defender and bounced to Tagliaferri. She evaded two defenders and finished low into the corner for her eighth international goal in 20 U-20 caps.
Switzerland, which is preparing for the 2016 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in Slovakia starting on July 19, pulled a goal back just after halftime through Naomi Mégroz, but Jones got the game-winner with 16 minutes remaining.
Alexa Spaanstra received a pass on the left wing and dribbled to the end line before cutting the ball back through the goal mouth for Jones to finish first-time from close range. It was her first international goal at the U-20 level.
The USA held this training camp in northern Italy as it continues preparations for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and traveled over the border to Switzerland for the matches.
The U.S. U-17s, which are undefeated in 10 international games this year, will face Paraguay, Ghana and Japan in Group D player at the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup being held from Sept. 30-Oct. 21 in Jordan.
U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-17 WNT vs. Switzerland Under-19 WNT
Date: June 2, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Chassio; Chassio, Switzerland
Weather: 64 degrees, rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
SUI 0 1 1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri 32nd
SUI – Naomi Mégroz (penalty kick) 43
USA – Rachel Jones (Alexa Spaanstra) 64
USA: 1-Hillary Beall; 20-Isabel Rodriguez, 3-Maycee Bell, 10-Emily Smith, 6-Kennedy Wesley (18-Sierra Enge, 41), 19-Joanna Harber (21-Alexa Spaanstra, 41), 4-Frankie Tagliaferri (capt.), 13-Sophia Smith (15-Kiara Pickett, 60), 23-Taryn Torres (14-Jaelin Howell, 60), 5-Brianna Pinto (25-Ryanne Brown, 41), 16-Rachel Jones (23-Civana Kuhlmann, 70)
Subs not used: 2-Jordan Canniff, 7-Kate Wiesner, 8-Naomi Girma, 9-Karina Rodriguez, 22-Laurel Ivory
Head Coach: BJ Snow
SUI: 1-Natascha Honegger; 3-Geraldine Reuteler, 4-Kim Dubs (4-Alisha Lehman, 35), 5-Carola Fasel, 7-Lara Jenzer (20-Lorena Baumann, 52), 8-Julia Stierli (6-Lesley Ramseier, 49) 11-Emanuela Schürch, 13-Cinzia Zehnder, 14-Sina Spieser, 17-Jana Brunner, 19-Mimoza Hamidi
Subs not used: 9-Marilena Widmer, 12-Nadja Furrer
Head CoachNora Häuptle
Statistical Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 14 / 10
Saves: 4 / 8
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 4
Offside: 2 / 0