AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 15, 2016) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team defeated the New Zealand Women’s National Team 2-1 as forward Marissa Everett scored twice in a four-minute span in the second half to pull the USA level and then ahead.
It was the first international match of the year for the U.S. U-19s who were facing a New Zealand side that was a mixture of players who will likely play in the Olympics with the rest of the lineup featuring younger players.
This trip will feature two more games for the USA as it faces the New Zealand U-20 WNT on June 17 and June 19.
New Zealand is preparing for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held from Nov. 13-Dec. 3 in Papua New Guinea and was drawn into a difficult Group C with the USA, as well as France and Ghana.
The USA fell behind just eight minutes into the game as Jane Barnett scored for the Ferns and the match remained that way until 11 minutes into the second half.
The equalizer came when Cecilia Gee played a ball to the left wing for Shannon Simon who sent a high cross into the goal area for Everett to volley home first-time.
Less than four minutes later, Everett bagged the game-winner as New Zealand attempted to clear a ball that deflected off Gee and then down the left flank. Gee won a foot race to the ball and then pulled it back into the seam for Everett who finished into the lower left corner.
U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team. New Zealand WNT
Date: June 14, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: QBE Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Weather: 60 degrees, intermittent rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
NZL 1 0 1
NZL – Jane Barnett 8th minute
USA – Marissa Everett (Shannon Simon) 56
USA – Marissa Everett (Cecilia Gee) 59
USA: 22-Samantha Leshnak; 13-Holly Daugirda, 19-Tierna Davidson, 24-Ally Prisock, 5-Shannon Horgan (16-Stefani Doyle, 88); 18-Jordan Dibiasi (capt.), 10-Shannon Simon, 17-Ella Stevens (9-Kayla Hill, 78); 21-Marissa Everett (8-Elizabeth Braby, 88), 6-Cecilia Gee (7-Mallory Eubanks, 67), 3-Cyera Hintzen
Subs not used: 1-Laruen Rood, 2-Breanna Dewaal, 11-Ann Marie Jaworski, 4-Michaela Kovacs, 15-Jacey Pederson
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova
NZL: 1-Erin Nayler; 4-Katie Duncan (capt.), 8-Jasmine Pereira, 12-Betsy Hassett, 15-Meikayla Moore; 16-Annalie Longo (14-Katie Rood, 78), 17-Hannah Wilkinson (27-Paige Satchell,40), 18-CJ Bott; 22-Sarah Morton, 26-Jane Barnett, 28-Liz Anton
Subs not used: 19-Martire Puketapu, 20-Daisy Cleverley, 24-Katie Loye, 25-Aimee Phillips, 29-Sophie Stewart
Head coach: Tony Readings
Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 1 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3
NZL – CJ Bott (caution) 88th minute