BEAVERTON, Ore. (August 23, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from England, 6-1, in the first of two matches between the teams. The match was played at the Portland Timbers Training Facility and saw the USA score early and often.
The teams will meet against on Aug. 26 at Providence Park in Portland, home to the Portland Thorns of NWSL and MLS’ Timbers. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. PT and fans should enter through Gate 35. Admission is free.
The USA was on the board after just 11 minutes when midfielder Croix Bethune threaded a perfect pass into the penalty area for midfielder Mia Fishel and she finished into the bottom right corner.
The lead was doubled eight minutes later when forward Peyton Linnehan nutmegged the last defender as she slotted a ball through to forward Ainsley Ahmadian, who ran onto the pass and hit the bottom left corner with a first-time shot.
The USA made it 3-0 one minute before halftime as defender Makenna Morris played a wall pass with defender Natalia Staude near midfield and then broke away before firing from the top of the penalty area. Her shot hit the cross bar at the upper right corner and flew into the goal.
In the 68th minute the USA got its fourth goal off a long punt from goalkeeper Angelina Anderson. The ball bounced into the final third of the field where forward Lia Godfrey took a shot that was deflected off a defender to Ahmadian. Her shot was also deflected and fell to Godfrey, who finished that chance first-time.
In a match that saw the USA out-shoot England 15-4, the Americans continued to roll and made it 5-0 in the 74th minute off a goal from defender Michela Agresti.
England pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, but it was the USA which would finish the scoring, making it 6-1 as forward Isabella D’Aquila finished a Maya Doms corner kick first-time at the near post.
For Fishel, Ahmadian and Agresti, the goals were their second at the U-17 international level. D’Aquila scored her first international goal in her first U-17 cap. Morris’ goal was also her first. For Godfrey, who was a member of the last U-17 cycle and played in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, the goal was her fourth internationally at this age level.
This group of U.S. players is in the first year of a two-year cycle in which they will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay.
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-17 WNT vs. England U-17 WNT
Date: August 23, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Timbers Training Facility; Beaverton, Oregon
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
ENG 0 1 1
USA – Mia Fishel (Croix Bethune) 11th minute
USA – Ainsley Ahmadian (Payton Linnehan) 19
USA – Makenna Morris (Natalia Staude) 44
USA – Lia Godfrey 63
USA – Michela Agresti (Isabella D’Aquila) 74
ENG – Libby Smith 80
USA – Isabella D’Aquila (Maya Doms) 89
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson, 2-Makenna Morris, 5-Michela Agresti, 10-Mia Fishel (6-Michela Agresti, 46), 11-Croix Bethune (15-Maya Doms, 59), 13-Sunshine Fontes, 14-Natalia Staude, 17-Talia Dellaperuta (13-Sunshine Fontes, 59), 18-Payton Linnehan (23-Trinity Rodman, 73), 19-Ainsley Ahmadian (8-Isabella D’Aquila, 73), 24- Eleanor Glenn (9-Hannah Bebar, 32)
Subs not used: 3-Nicole Paynes, 4-Tori Hansen, 12-Lindsey Romig, 16-Leah Scarpelli, 20-Diana Ordonez, 21-Margaret Pierce, 22-Ryan Campbell
Head Coach: Mark Carr
ENG: 13-Fran Stenson, 2-Hannah Griffen, 5-Lauren James, 6-Shauna Vassell (9-Phoebe Williams, 64), 10-Jess Woodley, 11-Abbie Roberts, 12-Ebony Salmon, 15-Aba Kuyken,16-Lucy Roberts, 18-Molly Pike
Subs not used:1-Emily Orman, 4-Jess Park, 7-Emma Brown, 8-Naomi Harley, 14-Libby Smith, 17-Asmita Ale, 19-Olivia Atkinson, 22-Fran Bentley
Head Coach: John Griffiths
Statistical Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 15 / 4
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 2
Offside: 2 / 1