U.S. Soccer

2015 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, California
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U-17 WNT Wins 2015 NTC Invitational with 3-1 Victory against Japan

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2015)The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Japan, 3-1, on goals from Ashley Sanchez,  Emina Ekic and Briana Pinto to sweep all three matches and win the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational.

The USA also defeated Mexico (3-1) and Canada (2-0) and out-scored its three opponents in the competition by an 8-2 margin. Coming into the match the USA needed a victory to win the tournament as Japan had the edge on goal difference. After a tense but scoreless first half, it was Sanchez who broke the deadlock. 

The SoCal Blues midfielder, who scored in every match and totaled five goals during the tournament, got on the end of an Alex Spaanstra cross in the 53rd minute, beating her defender to the ball to knock it home. 

Ekic made it 2-0 in the 61st minute, latching onto a deflection at the top of six-yard box before spinning a defender and finishing low and hard past the diving goalkeeper. 

Japan pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick by Remina Chiba after she was fouled in the box to keep the game tight. But, USA substitute Pinto iced the match with nine minutes left, two minutes after she had entered the game. The goal came when Sydney Zandi beat a defender down the left side and played a cross to Pinto at the top of the penalty area. Pinto’s touch was a bit heavy but she was able to collect the ball, round her defender and finish high into the right side of the net. 

At last year’s NTC Invitational, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cut-off for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. 

- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs Japan U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 15, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          3          3
JPN                              0          1          1 

USA - Ashley Sanchez (Alex Spaanstra)        53rd minute
USA - Emina Ekic                                           61
JPN  Remina Chiba (penalty kick)                  72
USA - Briana Pinto (Sydney Zandi)                81 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger, 2-Joanna Harber, 13-Karina Rodriguez, 7-Karlie Paschall, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres, 5-Jaelin Howell (8-Brianna Pinto, 79), 14-Alexa Spaanstra (23-Sydney Zandi, 79), 15-Ashley Sanchez (16-Sophia Smith, 90), 21-Emina Ekic (17-Jordan Taylor, 63), 4-Rachel Jones (18–Frankie Tagliaferri, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 10-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow 

JPN:  1-Moeka Yonezawa, 9-Suzuka Tamura (19-Nodoka Funaki, 78), 6-Miyu Takahira, 18-Hana Takahashi, 4-Karin Naito (14-Yume Takikawa, 78), 13-Mayu Karahashi (11-Karen Kichima, 46), 20-Oto Kanno, 2-Rio Kanekatsu, 17-Seira Kojima (3-Remina Chiba, 63), 15-Tomo Hirata, 21-Chisato Ichinose
Subs not used: 5-Miina Matsunaga, 7-Nozomi Kato, 8-Riko Ushijimam, 12-Miho Kobayashi, 16-Kaoru Hayashi 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 9 / 7
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Kiara Pickett (caution)                  56th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Selma Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN) 

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-1 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 500 Sanchez, Ekic, Pinto
2-0 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 200 Ekic, Sanchez
3-1 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 100 Sanchez (3)

2015 Under-17 Women's NTC Invitational

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
GK 5-11 Laguna Beach, Calif. So Cal Blues
GK 5-10 Melbourne, Fla. Orlando City
M 5-3 Fairdale, Ky. Jovanon SC
D 5-4 Cardiff, Calif. Carlsbad Elite
D 5-4 Bellevue, Wash. Eastside FC
M 5-7 Windsor, Colo. Real Colorado
M 5-2 Lawrenceville, Ga. Tophat SC
D 5-4 Brentwood, Tenn. Tennessee SC
D 5-0 Santa Barbra, California Eagles SC
M 5-5 Durham, N.C. CASL
F Portland, Ore. FC Portland
M 5-4 Canton, Mich. Michigan Hawks
D 5-5 Torrance, Calif. So Cal Blues
F 5-3 Monrovia, Calif. So Cal Blues 0/0
F 5-5 Windsor, Colo. Real Colorado
F 5-5 Brighton, Mich. Michigan Hawks
M 5-6 Colts Neck, N.J. PDA
M 5-1 Wadsworth, Ohio Ohio Premier Eagles
M 5-6 Frisco, Texas FC Dallas
F 5-6 Kaysville, Utah La Roca FC
D 5-5 West Chester, Pa. Penn Fusion

2015 Under-17 Women's NTC Invitational

Hillary Beall

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Laguna Beach, Calif.

Club:
So Cal Blues

Brooke Bollinger

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-10

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Melbourne, Fla.

Club:
Orlando City

Emina Ekic

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Fairdale, Ky.

Club:
Jovanon SC

Sierra Enge

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Cardiff, Calif.

Club:
Carlsbad Elite

Joanna Harber

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Bellevue, Wash.

Club:
Eastside FC

Jaelin Howell

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Windsor, Colo.

Club:
Real Colorado

Rachel Jones

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Club:
Tophat SC

Karlie Paschall

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Brentwood, Tenn.

Club:
Tennessee SC

Kiara Pickett

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Santa Barbra, California

Club:
Eagles SC

Brianna Pinto

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Durham, N.C.

Club:
CASL

Taryn Ries

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Portland, Ore.

Club:
FC Portland

Isabel Rodriguez

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Canton, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Karina Rodriguez

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Torrance, Calif.

Club:
So Cal Blues

Ashley Sanchez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Monrovia, Calif.

Club:
So Cal Blues

Sophia Smith

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Windsor, Colo.

Club:
Real Colorado

Alexa Spaanstra

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Brighton, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Frankie Tagliaferri

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Colts Neck, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Jordan Taylor

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Wadsworth, Ohio

Club:
Ohio Premier Eagles

Taryn Torres

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Frisco, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Olivia Wade

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Kaysville, Utah

Club:
La Roca FC

Sydney Zandi

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
West Chester, Pa.

Club:
Penn Fusion

Group Play

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
 USA 3 3 0 0 8 2 6 9
JPN 3 2 1 0 11 3 8 6
MEX 3 1 2 0 3 6 -3 3
CAN 3 0 3 0 1 12 -11 0

Group Schedule

Date Match Result/Time (PT) Venue
Wednesday, Feb. 11 Japan vs. Canada 8-0 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
United States vs. Mexico 3-1 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Friday, Feb. 13 Mexico vs. Japan 0-2 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Friday, Feb. 13
United States vs. Canada 2-0 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Sunday, Feb. 15 Canada vs. Mexico 1-2 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Sunday, Feb. 15
Japan vs. United States 1-3 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.

Tournament format: At the conclusion of round-robin group play, the winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first two tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking.

U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team - 2015 NTC Invitational Stats

Record: 3-0-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Hillary Beall

GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Brooke Bollinger

GK 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0

Emina Ekic

M 3 1 113 2 0 4 0/0

Sierra Enge

D 2 1 115 0 0 0 0/0

Joanna Harber

D 3 3 264 0 0 0 0/0

Jaelin Howell

M 3 2 186 0 0 0 0/0

Rachel Jones

M 3 3 169 0 0 0 0/0

Karlie Paschall

D 2 2 155 0 0 0 0/0

Kiara Pickett

M 3 3 225 0 3 3 1/0

Brianna Pinto

M 3 1 105 1 0 2 0/0

Isabel Rodriguez

M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Karina Rodriguez

D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0

Ashley Sanchez

M 3 3 262 5 0 10 0/0

Sophia Smith

F 2 0 8 0 0 0 0/0

Alexa Spaanstra

F 3 3 259 0 1 1 0/0

Frankie Tagliaferri

F 3 0 101 0 1 1 0/0

Jordan Taylor

M 3 2 133 0 0 0 0/0

Tayrn Torres

M 3 3 247 0 0 0 0/0

Olivia Wade

F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

Sydney Zandi

D 3 0 62 0 1 1 0/0

Own Goal


Totals


2 2 180 5 4 14 0/0

Opponent Totals


2 2 180 1 0 2 0/0

2015 NTC Invitational Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Hillary Beall

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0-0-0

Brooke Bollinger

3 3 270 8 2 1 0.67 3-0-0

Totals

3

3 270 8 2 1 0.67 3-0-0

Opponent Totals

3

3 270 2 8 0 2.67 0-3-0

Updated through Feb. 15, 2015

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