CARSON, California (July 14, 2014) – Australia forward Awer Mabil scored twice and contributed an assist to lead the Australia Under-20 Men’s National Team over Bermuda 4-1 in the opening match of the 2014 National Training Center Invitational.
Australia dominated the ball for the majority of the game and outshot Bermuda 17-4, with seven shots on goal.
With the score tied through the first halftime, Australia took a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute when Mabil scored his second of the game, which would prove to be the game-winner. Hagi Gligor played a through ball to Daniel De Silva on the right side, and he passed it to Mabil for the finish.
Mabil got Australia on the score sheet in the 23rd minute, scoring from the left side after receiving a pass from Brandon Borello. Mabil’s shot was deflected by Bermuda keeper Jahquil Hill before bouncing into the goal.
Bermuda caught a break in the 41st minute when Australia recorded an own goal to tie the score at 1-1. Defender Scott Galloway deflected a pass by Bermuda that ended up getting by keeper Jordan Thurtell.
Australia put the match out of reach with two goals in second-half stoppage time. Marc Marino extended the lead for Australia to 3-1 with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time off of a Mabil assist. Stefan Mauk then scored just one minute later when he received a pass from Marino and chipped the ball over the keeper for the finish.
Australia tested Bermuda’s defense from the very start. In the 12th minute, midfielder Ben Garuccio shot from the left side and Hill blocked it with two hands. Australia almost broke through in the 16th minute, but Mauk’s shot from near the penalty mark hit the upper right corner and deflected over the goal. Mauk was set up by Garuccio, who dribbled into the box on the left side to free up Mauk before dropping a pass to the middle of the box.
Mabil was Australia’s top offensive catalyst, and he had an opportunity for a hat trick early in the second half. Mabil’s one-timer off of a cross in the 58th minute required an alert kick save from Hill to prevent Mabil from scoring a third goal and keep the score tight at 2-1 at the time.
Though Bermuda was out-shot dramatically, the team did hang around toward the end, including a second-half scoring chance from Zaire Burchall, who shot from just outside the box from the right side and forced Australia goalkeeper Thurtell to make a leaping save.
Australia returns to action against Chile on Wednesday, July 16, at 1 p.m. PT, the second day of the tournament at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center. Bermuda will then play the U.S. squad at 4 p.m. later that day.
-2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational Match Report-
Match: Bermuda vs. Australia
Date: July 14, 2014
Competition: 2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational
Venue: U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center, “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Bermuda 1 0 1
Australia 1 3 4
AUS – Awer Mabil (Brandon Borrello) 23rd minute
BER – Own goal (Scott Galloway) 41
AUS – Awer Mabil (Daniel De Silva) 55
AUS – Marc Marino (Awer Mabil) 90+2
AUS – Stefan Mauk (Marc Marino) 90+3
BER: 1-Jahquil Hill; 2-Oliver Harvey (20-Mauriq Hill, 70), 3-Terrance Webb, 4-William White (8-Jibri Lawrence Salaam, 83), 6-Dakai Grant, 7-Jaz Ratteray Smith (15-Zeiko Lewis, 83), 10-Rai Simons (9-Zaire Burchall, 62), 16-Jaylon Bather, 17-Willie Clemens, 18-Lejaun Simmons (capt.) (14-Shakeem Albouy, 70), 19-Jair Minors (11-Chae Brangman, 38)
Subs Not Used: 5-Alanzo Parson, 12-Detre Bell, 21-Neildante Smith
AUS: 1-Jordan Thurtell; 3-Daniel Alessi, 5-Riley Woodcock (4-Ben Warland, 61), 6-Hagi Gligor (capt.) (22-Liam Rose, 61), 7-Shannon Brady (21-Chris Naumoff, 61), 8-Awer Mabil, 9-Brandon Borrello (24-Marc Marino, 69), 15-Scott Galloway (2-Shayne D’Cunha, 61), 16-Ben Garuccio, 23-Daniel De Silva (14-Devante Clut, 69)
Subs Not Used: 11-Jaushua Sotorio, 18-Paul Izzo, 20-Jordan Brown
Stats Summary: BER / AUS
Shots: 4 / 17
Shots on Goal: 1 / 7
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 6
Offside: 0 / 3
BER – Willie Clemens (caution) 29th minute
Referee: Jon Freemon (USA)
Assistant Referee: Apolinar Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee: Brandon Rinkenberger (USA)
Fourth Official: Bernard Hosu (USA)