U.S. Soccer

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

U.S. National Training Center; Carson, California
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Pugh and Racioppi Score as U-20 WNT Defeats Brazil to Take Second at 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (June 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterpart from Brazil, 2-1, in its third and final game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational.  With the win, the USA took second place in the tournament behind Japan, which won its three games by a combined 16-0 margin. Brazil finished third and Mexico fourth.

Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner for the second consecutive game, this one coming in the 74th minute after she won a tackle deep inside her own half and took off on 80-yard run all the way into the six-yard box at the other end. She out-raced several defenders on the way, put another on the ground with a nice hesitation move inside the penalty area, and then cut back into the middle before bending her shot into the left corner from close range.

The USA had taken a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute after winning the ball in Brazil’s defensive third and Megan Buckingham played a pass wide right to Pugh. She got around the corner and served the ball near post to a crashing Taylor Racioppi, who finished well to put the USA up early.

Brazil equalized off a corner kick from Gabriela Silva in the 57th minute as she flicked a ball with her head that was served from the left and looped it into the right side of the net.

All of the teams are currently preparing for 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California 
Attendance: 250
Weather: 70 degrees; Windy

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

USA – Taylor Racioppi (Mallory Pugh)                          21st minute
BRA – Gabriela Silva                                                         57
USA – Mallory Pugh                                                           74                                                          

Lineups:
USA: 18-Casey Murphy; 6-Sabrina Flores, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 22-Courtney Petersen; 8-Parker Roberts, 16-Savannah DeMelo (12-Emily Ogle, 59), 14-Megan Buckingham (10-Marley Canales, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh; 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 57), 11-Taylor Racioppi (17-Ashley Sanchez, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 2-Maddie Elliston, 3-Alana Cook, 5-Mikaela Harvey, 15-Hana Kerner
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Carla Maria Silva; 3-Karen Bender, 4-Menezes Beatriz, 6-Yasmin Ribeiro, 7-Brena Carolina Oliveira; 8-Julia Bianchi, 9-Kelen Bender (11-Tabatha Silva, 46), 10-Gabriela Silva, 14-Caroline Matos;15-Bruna Calderan, 16-Marjorie Boilesen (18-Ottilia Grassetti, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda Souza, 2-Isabela Queroz, 13-Giovanna Campiolo, 17-Erika Abreu, 19-Thiellen Nascimento
Head Coach: Dorival Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 3 / 3
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3/ 1
Corner Kicks: 12 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 8
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Parker Roberts (caution)                       51st minute

Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Michelle Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1; Carson, Calif. 250 Racioppi, Pugh
1-0 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1; Carson, Calif. 400 Pugh
0-3 L Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1; Carson, Calif. 300 --

2015 NTC Invitational

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
F 5-5 Novi, Mich. Michigan Hawks
M 5-4 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Surf
D 5-8 Far Hills, N.J.
M 5-5 Bellflower, Calif. Beach FC
D 5-4 Omaha, Neb. OMA Elite Girls' Academy
D 5-3 Livingston, N.J. PDA Clash
M Liberty Hill, Texas Lonestar SC
M 5-1 Sachse, Texas Dallas Sting
M 5-8 Post Falls, Idaho Washington
D 5-9 Coto de Caza, Calif. Slammers FC
F 5-6 Upper Saddle River, New Jersey Match Fit Academy
GK 5-9 Liberty Township, Ohio
GK 6-1 Bridgewater, N.J. PDA Slammers
M 5-5 Strongsville, Ohio Internationals SC
M 5-5 Canton, Mich. Michigan Hawks
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Washington Spirit 28/6
M 5-5 Ocean Township, N.J. PDA
D 5-8 Fairfax Station, Va. BRYC Elite
M 5-7 Leawood, Kan. KC Dynamos
F 5-3 Monrovia, Calif. So Cal Blues 0/0

2015 NTC Invitational

Megan Buckingham

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Novi, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Marley Canales

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
San Diego Surf

Alana Cook

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Far Hills, N.J.

Savannah DeMelo

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bellflower, Calif.

Club:
Beach FC

Madeline Elliston

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Omaha, Neb.

Club:
OMA Elite Girls' Academy

Sabrina Flores

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Livingston, N.J.

Club:
PDA Clash

Mikaela Harvey

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Liberty Hill, Texas

Club:
Lonestar SC

Jordan Harr

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Sachse, Texas

Club:
Dallas Sting

Kelcie Hedge

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Post Falls, Idaho

Club:
Washington

Natalie Jacobs

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Coto de Caza, Calif.

Club:
Slammers FC

Hana Kerner

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Club:
Match Fit Academy

Samantha Leshnak

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Liberty Township, Ohio

Casey Murphy

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Bridgewater, N.J.

Club:
PDA Slammers

Emily Ogle

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio

Club:
Internationals SC

Courtney Petersen

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Canton, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Mallory Pugh

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Taylor Racioppi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ocean Township, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Kaleigh Riehl

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fairfax Station, Va.

Club:
BRYC Elite

Parker Roberts

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Leawood, Kan.

Club:
KC Dynamos

Ashley Sanchez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Monrovia, Calif.

Club:
So Cal Blues

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Japan
3 3 0 0 16 0 16 9
United States 3 2 1 0 3 4 -1 6
Brazil  3 1 2 0 2 6 -4 3
Mexico
3 0 3 0 0 11 -11 0

Group A

Date Match Time (PT)/Result Venue
May 2 Mexico vs. Brazil 0-1 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 2 United States vs. Japan 0-3
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 4 Brazil vs. Japan 0-4 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 4 United States vs. Mexico 1-0
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 6 Japan vs. Mexico 9-0
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 6 Brazil vs. United States 1-2 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Format:

The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public. Parking is free on June 2 and 4, but not on June 6 as there is a Los Angeles Galaxy game.

U.S. U-20 Women's National Team - 2015 NTC Invitational Stats

Record: 2-1-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Meghan Buckingham F 2 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Marley Canales D 3 2 161 0 0 0 0/0
Alana Cook D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Savannah DeMelo M 3 1 130 0 0 0 0/0
Maddie Elliston D 2 2 135 0 0 0 0/0
Sabrina Flores D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Jordan Harr M 3 3 151 0 0 0 1/0
Mikaela Harvey M 2 2 90 0 0 0 0/0
Kelcie Hedge F 3 0 55 0 0 0 0/0
Natalie Jacobs D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Hana Kerner F 1 0 29 0 0 0 0/0
Samantha Leshnak GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Casey Murphy GK 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Emily Ogle M 3 2 156 0 0 0 1/0
Courtney Petersen M 3 1 154 0 0 0 0/0
Mallory Pugh M 3 3 260 2 1 5 0/0
Taylor Racioppi M 3 3 192 1 1 3 0/0
Kaliegh Riehl D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Parker Roberts D 3 1 146 0 0 0 1/0
Ashley Sanchez M 3 0 141 0 0 0 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 3 2 8 3/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 4 2 10 0/0

2015 NTC Invitational Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Samantha Leshnak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Casey Murphy 3 3 270 3 4 1 1.33 2-1-0
Totals 3 3 270 3 4 1 1.33 2-1-0
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 4 3 1 1.00 1-2-0

Updated through June 6, 2015

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