AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 17, 2016) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team went behind early against the New Zealand Under-20 WNT, took back the lead, fell behind again and then roared back to take another lead on what seemed to be a stoppage time game-winner only for the Kiwis to equalize with one of the final touches of the game in a wild 4-4 draw at QBE Stadium.
In the see-saw match, the USA scored three of its four goals off set plays, which included two corner kick scores and a penalty kick. The two teams will meet again on June 19 as the USA completes its three-game trip Down Under.
The USA was coming off a 2-1 victory over the full New Zealand Women’s National Team (featuring a mixture of potential Olympic Team players and younger players) on June 14, but went a goal down in the 14th minute as Jasmine Pereira darted into the box and set up Martine Puketapu to her left who finished from close range.
The match was all even six minutes later as Jordan DiBiasi took a corner kick from the right side. Ally Prisock made a hard run to the far post and headed home to make it 1-1.
The USA took the lead in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick from Ella Stevens after Prisock had been fouled in the box, but New Zealand equalized just four minutes before halftime through Pereira, who capitalized on some untidy defending to finish clinically off a goal mouth scramble.
New Zealand took the lead for the second time in the 60th minute as Paige Satchell, who recently made her debut for the senior team, ran from the midline down the right wing and crossed for Puketapu to finish in the bottom left corner for her second goal of the game.
The USA struck back seven minutes later as Mallory Eubanks chipped the ball over the back line and into the attacking third for Cyera Hintzen, who broke through the defense to finish with a hard shot into the upper left corner that made it 3-3.
But the game still had two goals left in it.
In the first minute of second half stoppage time, DiBiasi took a corner kick from the left side. The ball was cleared by the goalkeeper to Tierna Davidson, who struck her shot into the net first-time from the top of the penalty box.
The gritty Kiwis did not fold and substitute Emma Rolston hammered home from closer range with almost no time on the clock to set off wild celebrations among the New Zealand side.
New Zealand is preparing for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held from Nov. 13-Dec. 3 in Papua New Guinea and was drawn into a difficult Group C with the USA, as well as France and Ghana.
U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-19 WNT vs. New Zealand U-20 WNT
Date: June, 17, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: QBE Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
NZL 2 2 4
NZL – Martine Puketapu (Jasmine Pereira) 14th minute
USA – Ally Prisock (Jordan DiBiasi) 20
USA – Ella Stevens (penalty kick) 32
NZL – Jasmine Pereira 41
NZL – Martine Puketapu (Paige Satchell) 61
USA – Cyera Hintzen (Mallory Eubanks) 67
USA – Tierna Davidson (Jordan DiBiasi) 90+1
NZL – Emma Rolston 90+3
USA: 22-Samantha Leshnak; 13-Holly Daugirda (16-Stefani Doyle, 60), 19-Tierna Davidson, 24-Ally Prisock, 5-Shannon Horgan (11-Ann Marie Jaworski, 75); 18-Jordan Dibiasi (capt.), 10-Shannon Simon (2-Breanna Dewaal, 81), 17-Ella Stevens (9-Kayla Hill, 65); 21-Marissa Everett, 7-Mallory Eubanks (8-Elizabeth Braby, 69), 3-Cyera Hintzen
Subs not used: 1-Laruen Rood, 4-Michaela Kovacs, 15-Jacey Pederson, 6-Cecilia Gee
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova
NZL: 1-Nicol Tessa; 2-Sarah Morton (7-Isabella Coombes, 46), 3-Elizabeth Anton, 4-Meikayla Moore, 6-Jade Parris; 8-Jasmine Pereira (18-Tayla Christensen, 63), 9-Martine Puketapu (11-Emaa Rolston, 81), 10-Daisy Cleverly; 13-Paige Satchell (17-Samantha Murrell, 46) (19-Hannah Blake, 86), 15-Sophie Stewart-Hobbs, 16- Mikayla Wieblitz
Subs not used: 12-Nadia Olla, 21-Emily Couchman, 5-Geneva Gross, 14-Rebecca Lake, 20-Grace Jace
Head coach: Leon Birnie
Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 10 / 8
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6/ 3
Fouls: 6 / 5
Offside: 0 / 1
Referee: Ben Hill (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: M Batoor (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: C Trent (NZL)
4th Official: CK Waugh (NZL)