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U-19 WNT Plays New Zealand U-20 WNT to Wild 4-4 Draw

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 17, 2016) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team went behind early against the New Zealand Under-20 WNT, took back the lead, fell behind again and then roared back to take another lead on what seemed to be a stoppage time game-winner only for the Kiwis to equalize with one of the final touches of the game in a wild 4-4 draw at QBE Stadium.

In the see-saw match, the USA scored three of its four goals off set plays, which included two corner kick scores and a penalty kick. The two teams will meet again on June 19 as the USA completes its three-game trip Down Under.

The USA was coming off a 2-1 victory over the full New Zealand Women’s National Team (featuring a mixture of potential Olympic Team players and younger players) on June 14, but went a goal down in the 14th minute as Jasmine Pereira darted into the box and set up Martine Puketapu to her left who finished from close range.

The match was all even six minutes later as Jordan DiBiasi took a corner kick from the right side. Ally Prisock made a hard run to the far post and headed home to make it 1-1.

The USA took the lead in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick from Ella Stevens after Prisock had been fouled in the box, but New Zealand equalized just four minutes before halftime through Pereira, who capitalized on some untidy defending to finish clinically off a goal mouth scramble.

New Zealand took the lead for the second time in the 60th minute as Paige Satchell, who recently made her debut for the senior team, ran from the midline down the right wing and crossed for Puketapu to finish in the bottom left corner for her second goal of the game.

The USA struck back seven minutes later as Mallory Eubanks chipped the ball over the back line and into the attacking third for Cyera Hintzen, who broke through the defense to finish with a hard shot into the upper left corner that made it 3-3.

But the game still had two goals left in it.

In the first minute of second half stoppage time, DiBiasi took a corner kick from the left side. The ball was cleared by the goalkeeper to Tierna Davidson, who struck her shot into the net first-time from the top of the penalty box.

The gritty Kiwis did not fold and substitute Emma Rolston hammered home from closer range with almost no time on the clock to set off wild celebrations among the New Zealand side.

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.

U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Under-19 WNT vs. New Zealand U-20 WNT
Date:
June, 17, 2016 
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
QBE Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Weather:
60 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          2          4
NZL                             2          2          4 

NZL – Martine Puketapu (Jasmine Pereira)                          14th minute
USA – Ally Prisock (Jordan DiBiasi)                                      20
USA – Ella Stevens (penalty kick)                                         32
NZL – Jasmine Pereira                                                           41
NZL – Martine Puketapu (Paige Satchell)                              61
USA – Cyera Hintzen (Mallory Eubanks)                              67
USA – Tierna Davidson (Jordan DiBiasi)                               90+1
NZL – Emma Rolston                                                             90+3 

Lineups:
USA:
22-Samantha Leshnak; 13-Holly Daugirda (16-Stefani Doyle, 60), 19-Tierna Davidson, 24-Ally Prisock, 5-Shannon Horgan (11-Ann Marie Jaworski, 75); 18-Jordan Dibiasi (capt.), 10-Shannon Simon (2-Breanna Dewaal, 81), 17-Ella Stevens (9-Kayla Hill, 65); 21-Marissa Everett, 7-Mallory Eubanks (8-Elizabeth Braby, 69), 3-Cyera Hintzen
Subs not used: 1-Laruen Rood, 4-Michaela Kovacs, 15-Jacey Pederson, 6-Cecilia Gee

Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

NZL: 1-Nicol Tessa; 2-Sarah Morton (7-Isabella Coombes, 46), 3-Elizabeth Anton, 4-Meikayla Moore, 6-Jade Parris; 8-Jasmine Pereira (18-Tayla Christensen, 63), 9-Martine Puketapu (11-Emaa Rolston, 81), 10-Daisy Cleverly; 13-Paige Satchell (17-Samantha Murrell, 46) (19-Hannah Blake, 86), 15-Sophie Stewart-Hobbs, 16- Mikayla Wieblitz
Subs not used: 12-Nadia Olla, 21-Emily Couchman, 5-Geneva Gross, 14-Rebecca Lake, 20-Grace Jace

Head coach: Leon Birnie

Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 10 / 8
Saves: 4 / 6 
Corner Kicks: 6/ 3
Fouls: 6 / 5
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Ben Hill (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: M Batoor (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: C Trent (NZL)
4th Official: CK Waugh (NZL)

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U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Under-19 WNT vs. New Zealand U-20 WNT
Date:
June, 17, 2016 
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
QBE Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Weather:
60 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          2          4
NZL                             2          2          4 

NZL – Martine Puketapu (Jasmine Pereira)                          14th minute
USA – Ally Prisock (Jordan DiBiasi)                                      20
USA – Ella Stevens (penalty kick)                                         32
NZL – Jasmine Pereira                                                           41
NZL – Martine Puketapu (Paige Satchell)                              61
USA – Cyera Hintzen (Mallory Eubanks)                              67
USA – Tierna Davidson (Jordan DiBiasi)                               90+1
NZL – Emma Rolston                                                             90+3 

Lineups:
USA:
22-Samantha Leshnak; 13-Holly Daugirda (16-Stefani Doyle, 60), 19-Tierna Davidson, 24-Ally Prisock, 5-Shannon Horgan (11-Ann Marie Jaworski, 75); 18-Jordan Dibiasi (capt.), 10-Shannon Simon (2-Breanna Dewaal, 81), 17-Ella Stevens (9-Kayla Hill, 65); 21-Marissa Everett, 7-Mallory Eubanks (8-Elizabeth Braby, 69), 3-Cyera Hintzen
Subs not used: 1-Laruen Rood, 4-Michaela Kovacs, 15-Jacey Pederson, 6-Cecilia Gee

Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

NZL: 1-Nicol Tessa; 2-Sarah Morton (7-Isabella Coombes, 46), 3-Elizabeth Anton, 4-Meikayla Moore, 6-Jade Parris; 8-Jasmine Pereira (18-Tayla Christensen, 63), 9-Martine Puketapu (11-Emaa Rolston, 81), 10-Daisy Cleverly; 13-Paige Satchell (17-Samantha Murrell, 46) (19-Hannah Blake, 86), 15-Sophie Stewart-Hobbs, 16- Mikayla Wieblitz
Subs not used: 12-Nadia Olla, 21-Emily Couchman, 5-Geneva Gross, 14-Rebecca Lake, 20-Grace Jace

Head coach: Leon Birnie

Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 10 / 8
Saves: 4 / 6 
Corner Kicks: 6/ 3
Fouls: 6 / 5
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Ben Hill (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: M Batoor (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: C Trent (NZL)
4th Official: CK Waugh (NZL)

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Tiffeny Milbrett: "In My Heart and in My Blood"

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, an eight-year-old Tiffeny Milbrett sat in front of the family TV and marveled at the amazing athletes – track and field stars and volleyball greats – who competed in the Summer Olympic Games.

In fact, she was so mesmerized by those Olympian feats that Milbrett not only fantasized about performing at the highest level possible, she made it a goal to compete at what she called “the pinnacle" of sports. "Oh gosh, that's where I wanted to be, in that competition," she told ussoccer.com on the verge of being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. "I wanted to be an Olympian."

And it was after watching the local Portland Timbers of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) that Milbrett fell in love with the game of soccer. “I just feel fortunate I was able to play soccer at the upper echelon for so many years,” she added, looking back on a legendary career with the U.S. Women’s National Team. “It was really, really my goal, in my heart and in my blood.”

Among the Greats
She accomplished that and then some, becoming one of the greatest international soccer players of her own, or any other, generation. Milbrett became the first woman to score a goal in two Olympic gold medal matches and was a member of the legendary U.S. team that hoisted the 1999 Women's World Cup, among myriad other honors. 

99 Womens World Cup Milbrett Foudy
Tiffeny Milbrett celebrates scoring in a 7-1 win vs. Nigeria at the 1999 Women's World Cup with Julie Foudy.

For her outstanding accomplishments, Milbrett was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She will be enshrined in the new Hall, joining other U.S. soccer greats on Saturday Oct. 20 at the grand opening at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

"I just feel most humbled to be considered alongside all that talent," Milbrett said. "I think it’s just the influence of the powerful people that helped shape the sport to where it is today. Just being able to live out my dream and being a part of being excited about the sport of soccer. We're still doing that to this day. And also, just being alongside all those influential people, whether it’s the ones being inducted for what they did on the playing field or off. I'm proud to be a part of these people that helped shape and mold the direction and advancement of soccer in this country. I take that very seriously. It's pretty cool to be a part of the group of people that have helped [grow the game]. It’s a reminder of the influence that you had with the sport and to continue to help it grow."

Milbrett was destined for greatness early on. She was a three-time Oregonian 3A player of the year, graduating Hillsboro High School holding Oregon state records for goals (54) in a season and career (131). During a sterling four-year career at the University of Portland, Milbrett struck 103 goals and collected 246 points while earning All-America honors an astonishing three times.

She began to make her impact on the National Team by connecting for a team-high three goals at the 1995 Women's World Cup, in which the Americans finished third.


Milbrett celebrates scoring her 100th career WNT goal on July 11, 2005 at Merlo Field on the campus of University of Portland where she played collegiate soccer.  

Milbrett the Match-Winner
In the very first Olympic women's soccer final a year later in Athens, Ga., she brought her game to yet another level by connecting with Mia Hamm for the game-winner to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 triumph over China in the Final. "Scoring goals is fickle," she said. "It's really interesting. There's something about performing in a pinnacle competition that speaks to what I always dreamed about in these pinnacle moments. It was extremely special to be able to have that reward after all the work you've done through the years and be rewarded with that kind of joy. Quite frankly, very few things you feel in your life are like that." 

Four years later, Milbrett scored one of her most dramatic goals in the 2000 Olympics gold medal match against Norway in Sydney, Australia. Already with one goal under her belt in the match, the 5-foot 2-inch Milbrett managed to leap highest among some behemoth Norwegian defenders to head home a right-wing cross from Hamm two minutes into second-half stoppage time to knot proceedings at 2-2.

Milbrett admitted she did not remember too much of that 11th-hour scoring sequence.

"I don't even remember scoring to be honest,” she said. “I've seen it on video. It’s pretty amazing. I remember running to celebrate."

Regulation ended and stoppage time loomed. Teammate Michelle French was shaking out the Portland-born dynamo's legs. "She's just going: 'Do you know what you just did? Do you know what you just did?'" Milbrett said with a laugh. "And I'm like, 'Ok, let me just rest. I've got to get back.' I think that's what they refer to as just being in the zone. You're playing. You're focused on the task at hand." 

The U.S. lost that confrontation in extra-time. But never one to rest on her laurels, Milbrett continued at the 1999 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, weaving through the German defense to score a memorable goal in an epic 3-2 win, in what is still considered one of the greatest women's soccer matches of all-time.

A Century of Goals
She finished her 16-year international career with 100 goals in 206 appearances, nearly a goal every other game. And when she wasn't scoring for her country, Milbrett did it for her club – the New York Power. In the Women's United Soccer Association's (WUSA) inaugural 2001 season, Milbrett bagged a unique trifecta of honors. She recorded the first hat-trick in league history, won the scoring title (16 goals) and scooped MVP honors.

2010 WPS champion Tiffeny Milbrett
Tiffeny Milbrett ended her club career with one final championship as part of FC Gold Pride in 2010.

Milbrett, who celebrates her 46th birthday on Oct. 23, played three seasons for the Power, collecting 31 goals in 50 matches before completing her professional career in Women's Professional Soccer with FC Gold Pride, finding the net 10 times in 40 games.

These days, Milbrett is head girls coach with the Colorado Rapids. It’s not unreasonable to think, with her attitude, pedigree and work ethic molding young players, perhaps one of those youngsters will find her way to the pinnacle of the beautiful game the same way Tiffeny Milbrett did.

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