PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 30, 2016) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Papua New Guinea 10-0 in the second of two matches on a trip to get an early look at the environment, facilities and culture they will experience at the end of the year when PNG hosts the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup from Nov. 13-Dec. 3.
The match was played at Sir John Guise Stadium, which will host 10 matches at the U-20 Women’s World Cup, including two quarterfinals and both semifinals. All 32 matches of the World Cup will be staged over four venues in Port Moresby. This will be the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup for this age level, with the first two being held as U-19 events.
The USA scored three times in the first half and another seven goals in the second, and of the first six two each were scored by Kelcie Hedge and midfielder Marley Carnales with Emily Fox and Ashley Sanchez tallying the other two over the first 78 minutes. Kaleigh Riehl, Savannah DeMelo, Ally Watt and Fox all scored in the final 10 minutes plus stoppage time to hit double-figures.
The 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will feature 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the quarterfinals stage to be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. The winners of those games will advance to the semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The championship and third-place matches are set for Saturday, Dec. 3.
In first round play, the USA will face France, New Zealand and Ghana in Group C. The U.S. opens the tournament on Monday, Nov. 14 against France at 4 p.m. local time, faces New Zealand on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., and finishes the group against Ghana on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Papua New Guinea U-20 WNT
Date: May 30, 2016
Competition: Tri-Nations Tournament
Venue: Sir John Guise Stadium; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Weather: 80 degrees, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 7 10
PNG 0 0 0
USA – Kelcie Hedge (Ashley Sanchez) 7th minute
USA – Emily Fox (Taylor Racioppi) 13
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kelcie Hedge) 17
USA – Kelcie Hedge (Ashley Sanchez) 55
USA – Marley Canales (Ellie Jean) 67
USA – Marley Canales (Courtney Petersen) 78
USA – Kaleigh Riehl (Penalty Kick) 81
USA – Savannah DeMelo (Jessie Scarpa) 85
USA – Ally Watt (Marley Canales) 87
USA – Emily Fox (Ally Watt) 93
USA: 22-Casey Murphy; 25-Taylor Otto, 6-Emily Ogle (4-Katie Cousins, 46), 7-Kelcie Hedge (18-Courtney Petersen, 63), 9-Ashley Sanchez (10-Jessie Scarpa, 63); 3-Emily Fox, 15-Taylor Racioppi (14-Ally Watt, 46), 16-Kaleigh Riehl; 17-Ellie Jean, 2-Sabrina Flores (8-Marley Canales, 46), 24-Parker Roberts (13-Savannah DeMelo, 79)
Subs not used: 1-Rose Chandler, 12-Emily Boyd, 11-Maddy Elliston, 5-Natalie Jacobs, 24-Parker Roberts
Head coach: Michelle French
Head Coach: Lisa Cole
Stats Summary: USA / PNG
Shots: 20 / 0
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 6