CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its second match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, getting a goal in each half from Mallory Pugh and Zoe Redei, respectively.
The USA’s victory, combined with Japan’s 0-0 draw with China in the first match of the day, sets up the Americans for a chance to win the tournament with a win or draw against Japan on Sunday, Feb. 9. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. PT at Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The first match featuring New Zealand and China kicks off at 1 p.m. PT.
The USA is currently in first place in the four-team tournament with six points and a plus-6 goal differential. Japan has four points from a win and a tie and a plus-5 goal differential. China has one point from a draw and a loss while New Zealand has lost both matches so far.
The USA opened the scoring in the 26th minute, as Pugh scored her third goal of the tournament and 14th of her U-17 international career. Midfielder Dorian Bailey played the ball from the left wing into the penalty area for midfielder Taylor Racioppi, who then found Pugh for a right-footed drive into the upper left corner.
The USA, which out-shot New Zealand 12-1 and did not allow a shot on goal, got the clincher in the 70th minute after 61st minute substitute Michelle Xiao won the ball from a Kiwi about 30 yards from the goal. She dribbled forward before slipping a pass to Redei who scored from inside the penalty area.
This will be the last event for the U-17 players born in 1997 and 1998, as they will then transition to the U-18s and U-20s. Players born in 1999 will then become the primary age group for the U-17s and begin preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
- U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -
United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. New Zealand U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 7, 2014
Competition: 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Weather: 57 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
NZL 0 0 0
USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi) 26th minute
USA – Zoe Redei (Michelle Xiao) 70
USA: 1-Lauren Rood; 7-Mia Gyau, 13-Alana Cook, 9-Zoe Morse, 2-Dorian Bailey; 4-Marley Canales (25-Taryn Torres, 77), 14-Taylor Racioppi (12-Tegan McGrady, 61), 17- Mallory Pugh (20-Leah Pruitt, 77); 8-Kelcie Hedge (23-Ashley Sanchez, 61), 3-Maddie Haley (Zoe Redei, 61), 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Michelle Xiao, 61)
Subs not used: Frankie Tagliaferri, Chloe Castaneda, Kat Hess, Ellie Jean, Natalie Jacobs, Karlie Paschall, Maddy Schultz
Head Coach: BJ Snow
1-Emma Fulbrook; 12-Sophie Stewart Hobbs, 3-Hope Gilchrist, 4-Elisabeth Anton, 5-Hanna English; 8-Daisy Cleverley, (83-Lucy Stotter, 83), 15-Whitney
Hepburn (6-Isabella Coombes, 70), 19-Tayla Christensen (16-Sarah Morton, 46); 13-Paige Satchell (11-Emily Oosterhof, 70), 10-Jade Parris, 17-Deven Jackson
(18-Isabella Richards, 46),
Subs not used: Geena Gross, Martine Puketapu, Karin Ingram, Emily Hanrahan
Head Coach: jitka Klimkova
Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 12 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 3 / 1
Offside: 1 /1
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)