U-20 WNT Comes from Behind to Defeat Germany 2-1 in Rheine

Abigail Kim Equalizes Early and Sophia Smith Bags 65th-Minute Game-Winner

RHEINE, Germany (July 10, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Germany 2-1 in a friendly match that was the third of four games on the USA’s European tour. The USA beat the England U-20 WNT twice last week in England and will play Germany again on July 12.

The coaches agreed to allow 10 substitutes per team for this match and U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova used all 10 while long-time Germany U-20 head coach and legendary WNT player Maren Meinert used eight.

Germany scored just four minutes into the game as the ball rebounded just outside the 18-yard box and Annalena Rieke drilled her left-footed shot past the U.S. goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn into the top left corner.

The USA equalized on the counter-attack in the 12th minute as forward Civana Kuhlmann, who scored in both matches in England, played forward Abigail Kim down the right side and into the penalty area. The speedy Kim then finished smartly into the right corner with a first-time shot. It was Kim’s third goal in seven U-20 caps.

The game-winner came in the 65th minute on a beautiful through pass from Viviana Villacorta to Sophia Smith, who took a touch inside the penalty area before slipping the ball past the goalkeeper into the bottom right corner. It was Smiths’ sixth U-20 international goal in eight caps.

- U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 WNT vs. Germany U-20 WNT
Date: July 10, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: OBI-Arena; Rheine, Germany
Weather: 68 degrees; cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             1          1          2
GER                            1          0          1         

GER – Annalena Rieke                                               4th minute
USA – Abigail Kim (Civana Kuhlmann)                        12
USA – Sophia Smith (Viviana Villacorta)                     65

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brooke Heinsohn (22-Mandy McGlynn, 46); 14-Karlie Paschall, 5-Samantha Hiatt (4-Naomi Girma, 57), 2-Tara McKeown (24-Sophia Serafin, 74), 6-Jaelin Howell (16-Zoe Morse, 46), 17-Emily Fox (capt.) (3-Tierna Davidson, 57), 25-Taylor Kornieck (20-Arlie Jones, 66), 10-Viviana Villacorta (8-Brianna Pinto, 66), 21-Abigail Kim (15-Samantha Coffey, 74), 23-Ashley Sanchez (9-Sophia Smith, 57), 7-Civana Kuhlmann (18-Parker Goins, 66)
Subs Not Used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 13-Isabel Rodriguez, 19-Kelsey Turnbow
Head Coach: Jitka Klimkova

GER: 1-Lena Pauels; 4-Sophia Kleinherne (13-Caroline Siems, 46), 5-Lisa Schoppl (12-Vanessa Fischer, 46), 3-Katja Orschmann (23-Meret Wittje, 46), 22-Sarai Linder (6-Janina Minge, 46), 16-Luca Maria Graf, 14-Janina Hechler (15-Tanja Pawollek, 46), 17-Giovanna Hoffman (20-Kristin Kogel, 46), 19- Annalena Rieke (8-Franziska Gieseke, 46), 11-Anna Gerhardt (capt.) (9-Klara Buhl, 46), 18-Ereleta Memeti
Subs Not Used: 2-Dina Orschmann, 7-Giulia Gwinn, 21-Leonie Doege, 24-Nina Luhrben
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

Stats Summary: USA / GER           
Shots: 9 / 8
Shots on Goal:  3 / 5
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 2 / 4
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None