BORLANGE, Sweden (June 19, 2011) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 4-0 in its second and final match of a mini-tournament as forward Sarah Hagan scored twice, sandwiched between goals from Tori Huster and Casey Short.
The USA outshot Sweden 14-4 and put the match away with three goals in the first half. The first came just six minutes into the game after Huster pounded home a rebound after a Hagen header had been knocked down by the Swedish goalkeeper.
The Americans doubled their lead in the 14th minute off a corner kick. Kristie Mewis sent in the cross and the 5-foot-11 Hagen buried a header. Hagen got her second of the game and third in two games in the 41st minute. The goal scoring sequence came down the left side as Melissa Henderson and Short played a give and go. Henderson then sent a pass to the far post where Hagen was once again in the right spot to head home.
The U.S. U-23s added an insurance goal in the 76th minute as Henderson dug out a ball deep in the right corner. She played it back to Camille Levin who took a touch and then played a short cross into the penalty box which found its way to the feet of Short who was making a diagonal run into the box from the far side. Short hit a volley which looped over the ‘keeper’s head and dipped into the net.
The USA will play a friendly match against Sweden on June 21 and that will end the activity for the U.S. U-23s for 2011 as the players will then start preparing for their college pre-season training camps.
-- U.S. U-23 WNT Match Report --
Match: USA U-23 WNT vs. Sweden U-23 WNT
Date: June 19, 2011
Competition: 3-Nations Tournament
Venue: Kvarnsvedens IP – Borlaqnge, Sweden
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
SWE 0 0 0
USA – Tori Huster (Sarah Hagen) 6th minute
USA – Sarah Hagen (Kristen Mewis) 14
USA – Sarah Hagen (Melissa Henderson) 41
USA – Casey Short (Camille Levin) 76
USA: 18-Bianca Henninger; 3-Camille Levin, 4-Ashley Rape, 10-Kristen Mewis, 2-Amber Brooks (19-Toni Pressley, 59), 20-Ingrid Wells (15-Katy Frierson, 85), 6-Tori Huster (14-Erika Tymrak, 73), 11-Casey Short, 9-Merritt Mathias (16-Melissa Henderson, 34), 7-Sarah Hagen
Subs Not Used: 1-Adrianna Franch, 12-Morgan Stith
Head Coach: Bill Irwin
SWE: 12-Nna Fellbrant; 13-Lisa Klinga (7-Jessica Samuelsson, 46), 5-Malin Levenstad (19-Jennifer Egelryd, 91), 6-Sara Eliasson, 4-Catrine Johansson, 17-Olivia Schough (11-Elin Rubensson, 58), 15-Petra Larsson (9-Hanna Folkesson, 80), 14-Emmelie Konradsson, 18-Fridolina Rolfo (10-Emma Lund, 37), 8-Louise Fors, 16-Linnea Liljegard
Subs Not Used: 1-Malin Reuterwall, 2-Mia Carlsson, 3-Emma Berglund
Head Coach: Lilie Persson
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 14 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 4 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0
USA – Amber Brooks (caution) 27th minute
USA – Laura Heyboer (caution) 87