LA MANGA, Spain (March 7, 2016) – The U.S. U-18 Women’s National won its second consecutive 1-0 match, downing the Norway U-19 WNT as Abigail Kim scored the winner for the second game in a row.
The U.S. U-18s finished up its three-game competition La Manga with a 2-0-1 record against older teams after tying Denmark 0-0 and defeating England 1-0 with Kim scoring in the 78th minute.
Against Norway, Kim tallied in the 36th minute off a corner from Cecilia Gee and the goal held up as Amanda Dennis picked up the shutout.
All the players who traveled to Spain are age-eligible for the team that will participate in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, but the goal for this age group is to ultimately qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team vs. Norway U-19 Women’s National Team
Date: March 7, 2016
Competition: 2016 La Manga 8 Nation’s Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club Resort; La Manga, Spain
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
NOR 0 0 0
USA – Abigail Kim (Cecilia Gee) 36th minute
USA: 1-Amanda Dennis; 3-Julie Doyle (17-Julie Mackin, 74), 7-Samantha Hiatt, 13-Taylor Mitchell (12-Marley Canales, 35), 15-Holly Daugirda (9-Malia Berkely, 46), 14-Cecilia Gee, 21-Zoe Morse (capt.), 20-Taylor Kornieck (22-Natalie Winter, 46), 16-Kennedy Goins, 8-Abigail Kim (19-Arlie Jones, 59), 11-Sunny Dunphy (2-Jenna Bike, 77)
Subs Not Used: 4-Marissa Bosco, 5-Alissa Gorzak, 6-Olivia Athens, 10-Kaiya McCullough, 18-Brooke Heinsohn
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
NOR: 1-Ida Nordstrom; 5-Marit Bratberg Lund, 2-Tuva Hansen (18-Mariken Kleppe, 13), 4-Sarah Alexandra Lilleberg Suphellen, 13-Ingrid Rokke Elvebakken, 6-Maria Hiim, 15-Karoline Heimvik Haugland (10-Vilde Hasund, 79), 7-Ingrid Sysrstad Engen, 8-Nora Eide Lie (14-Andrea Wilmann, 28), 11-Vilde Anett Fjelldal, 9-Siw Dovle (16-Synnove Ronquist Hafnor, 79)
Subs Not Used: 3-Heidi Elisabeth Ellingsen, 12-Klara Sporsem, 17-Katrine Winnem Jorgensen, 23-Benedicte Haland
Head Coach: Nils Lexerod
Stats Summary: NOR / USA
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1
Referee: Malin Johansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Laurin (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Camilia Stendahl (SWE)