LARNACA, Cyprus (March 12, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team lost in the championship game of the Cyprus Women’s Cup 2008, losing 3-2 to the full Canadian Women’s National Team.
The U-20s head home with four excellent matches under their belts against full Women’s National Teams, having beaten Scotland (2-1) and Holland (2-0), while falling to Russia (0-2) and Canada.
The U.S. U-20s defeated Canada’s full team by a 2-1 score at the 2007 Pan Am Games in the semifinals, but the Canadians were intent on not letting that happen again.
The young Americans did not have a good first half as Canada roared to a 3-0 lead in the first 37 minutes which included two goals from striker Christine Sinclair.
"Canada came out and took it to us early and often,” said U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco, who faced Canada many times as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1994-1999. “I was disappointed by our first half mentality and some of our defensive marking. We spoke at halftime and committed to competing at a higher level and playing our style of soccer. I was delighted with the second half and the obvious improvement.”
The U.S. made the game close in the late-going, pulling two goals back in the final 15 minutes through substitute Brittney Steinbruch, but it was not enough to overcome Canada’s early lead.
The first goal came in the 75th minute after Michelle Enyeart took a shot that the goalkeeper deflected and a Canadian defender tried to clear, but kicked it directly to Steinbruch, who scored from 15 years out.
She tallied again with seven minutes left after a Canadian turnover in the back, slotting the ball into the left corner.
“In retrospect, the tournament has been a very good training event for our U-20s,” said DiCicco. “Whenever you can play and compete with full teams it has to provide confidence for the players."
The U.S. Under-20 Women are currently in preparations for qualifying for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile from Nov. 19-Dec. 7.
- U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -
Match-up: USA vs. Canada Women’s National Team
Competition: Cyprus Women’s Cup 2008 Championship
Venue: Nicosia - Larnaca, Cyprus
Date: March 12, 2008
Weather: Sunny – 78 degrees
1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
CAN 3 0 3
CAN - Christine Sinclair (n/a) 10th minute.
CAN - Jonelle Filigno (n/a) 22.
CAN - Christine Sinclair (n/a) 37.
USA - Brittney Steinbruch (unassisted) 75.
USA -- Brittney Steinbruch (unassisted) 83.
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 19-Lauren Fowlkes, 2-Brittney Macdonald (5-Kaley Fountain, 46), 17-Lauren Wilmoth (4-Elli Reed, 70); 10-Teresa Noyola (6-Amanda DaCosta, 46, 12-Sinead Farrelly, 78), 15-Keelin Winters, 8-Becky Edwards; 9- Gina DiMartino (7-Michelle Enyeart, 46), 13-Kelley O’Hara, 14-Nikki Washington – Capt. (11-Brittney Steinbruch, 62).
Subs not sued: 18-Kristin Arnold, 3-Lauren Barnes, 20-Ingred Wells.
Head Coach: Tony DiCicco
CAN: 18-Erin McLeod; 9-Candace Chapman, 10-Mertino Franko, 11-Randee Hermus, 17-Alexandro Marton (5-Robyn Gayle, 63), 19-Jonelle Filigno (15-Brittany Timko, 81), 8-Diana Matheson, 6-Sophie Schmidt (4-Clare Rustad, 31), 7-Rhian Wilkinson (2-Kristina Kiss, 69); 21-Jodi-Ann Robinson (14-Julie Armstrong, 56), 12-Chrisitne Sinclair – Capt.
Head Coach: Even Pellerud
USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 13
Shots on Goal: 5 / 9
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 1 / 3
CAN – Candace Chapman (caution) 47th minute.
CAN --Diane Matheson (caution) 76.
Cyprus Cup 2008 Tournament Results
USA U-20 2, Scotland 1
Canada 2, Russia 1
Japan 3, Netherlands 1
Canada 3, Japan 0
Netherlands 1, Scotland 0
Russia 2, USA U-20 0
USA U-20 2, Netherlands 0
Japan 3, Russia 1
Scotland 2, Canada 0
March 12 – Placement Matches
5th Place Match
Russia 3, Scotland 2
3rd Place Match
Japan defeated the Netherlands
Canada 3, USA U-20 2