The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team reversed a 3-0 loss on March 6, to record a 2-1 victory over the German U-17 Women’s National Team on March 9, in the second of two matches between the teams at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. An 88th-minute goal from forward Tiffany McCarty was the difference for the USA, which also scored in the 20th minute through Brittani Bartok. The match featured lots of offense as the USA fired 19 shots, 15 of which went on goal, while Germany struck 14 of their own. The USA opened the scoring when Maggie Kistner slipped a perfect pass to Bartok who found herself unmarked in front of the goal. She took a touch and slid the ball right past the German goalkeeper and into the net. Germany tied the game in the 80th minute after Kim Kulig beat her player down the flank and crossed to the far post over the head of U.S. goalkeeper Catherine Parkhill. Bianca Schmidt met the cross and to hit her first-time shot into the left corner. With the match seemingly headed for a draw, Kristen Mewis stripped the ball away from a defender and hit a through ball on the ground for McCarty, who made a great run behind the defense. She was able to beat a defender in a foot race and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, tucking the ball into the right corner for the game-winning goal.
Match-up: USA U-16 GNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson, California
Date: March 9, 2006; Kickoff – 10 a.m. PT
Weather: Cloudy – 64 degrees
1st 2nd Final
USA 1 1 2
GER 0 1 1
USA – Brittani Bartok (Maggie Kistner) 20th minute.
GER – Bianca Schmidt (Kim Kulig) 80.
USA – Tiffany McCarty (Kristen Mewis) 88.
First half lineup: 1-Bianca Henninger; 21-Alyssa Pember, 20-Sidney Leroux, 12-Camille Levin, 8-Amber Brooks; 16-Beth West, 6-Shira Averbuch, 13-Jenny Laponte, 9-Brianna Garcia; 10 Brittani Bartok, 14-Maggie Kistner.
Second Half Lineup: 18-Kim Kern (Catherine Parkhill, 68), 3-Jazmyne Avant, 4-Miriam Azimi, 7-Michelle Olivier, 23-Mariah Noguiera, 24-Julia Bouchelle, 15-Zakiya Bywaters, 11-Kristen Mewis, 17-Casey Short, 19-Alyssa Rich, 5-Tiffany McCarty.
1-Desiree Schumann; 5-Vanessa Matini (22- Marina Hegering, 63), 4-Laura Grab (18-Stefanie Draws, 46), 3-Marith Prieben (21-Lena Wermelt, 69), 2-Franziska Hage (16-Stephanie Mirlach, 46); 6-Ann-Katrin Schinkel (19-Maxine Mittendorf, 56), 10-Aylin Yaren (15-Julia Simic, 46), 11-Lisa Schwab (17-Bianca Schmidt 63), 8-Sarah Mahler (20-Katharina Baunach, 46); 9-Laura Marquart (14-Marie Pollmann, 56), 7-Melissa Thiem (13-Kim Kulig, 31).
U.S. U-16 GNT and U-17 WNT Schedule
March 5 U.S. U-17 WNT 3, Germany U-17 WNT 2
March 6 U.S. U-16 GNT 0, Germany U-17 WNT 3
March 8 U.S. U-17 WNT 1, Germany U-17 WNT 1
March 9 U.S. U-16 GNT 2, Germany U-17 WNT 1
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