CANBERRA, Australia (July 12, 2017) – For the second game in a row, the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team came from behind against the Australia U-19 WNT, but this time scored four unanswered goals to win 4-1. On July 10, the USA came from a goal down to win 2-1.
Australia’s Grace Maher scored off a penalty kick in the 50th minute, but the USA tied it just three minutes later through Emina Ekic and then Summer Yates took over, scoring a hat trick in the final 21 minutes.
The tying goal came after Jordan Brewster made a strong run down the left side and crossed the ball through the six-yard box. It was dummied by Rachel Jones and then slotted home by Ekic.
Yates scored her first goal and the eventual game-winner in the 59th minute. Ekic chipped the ball into the penalty area from the outside the box on the right side and Yates flicked it on with her head and into the goal.
Yates’ second goal also came with her head and also on a ball from Ekic, this one off a free kick in the 73rd minute. Yates completed her hat trick in the 90th minute after Brewster once again took the ball down the left wing and slid a great through ball behind the defense. Yates took full advantage of her one-on-one chance, finishing into the left corner.
The match completed the USA’s trip to Australia in which it also lost 4-1 to the Canada U-20 WNT in the first of three games during the training camp. The U-18 WNT will come together next in August for a domestic training camp.
This group of U.S. players is in the middle of the first year of a two-year cycle as U-18s before transitioning to U-20s in 2019, and will form the core of the group that will eventually attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
- U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: United States U-18 WNT vs. Australian U-19 WNT
Date: July 12, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Australian Institute of Sport; Canberra, Australia
Weather: 48 degrees; cold
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 4 4
AUS 0 1 1
AUS – Grace Maher (penalty kick) 50th minute
USA – Emina Ekic (Jordan Brewster) 53
USA – Summer Yates (Emina Ekic 59
USA – Summer Yates (Emina Ekic) 73
USA – Summer Yates (Jordan Brewster) 90
USA: 1-Claudia Dickey, 23-Shae Holmes, 5-Sydney Dawson (4-Maycee Bell, 46), 18-Sarah Piper, 3-Kerry Abello (14-Madelyn Desiano, 40), 19-Coriana Dyke (6-Natalie Winters, 46), 2-Jenna Nighswonger (16-Taryn Torres, 64), 10-Sydney Zandi (8-Summer Yates, 36), 21-Alexa Spaanstra, 9-Rachel Jones (15-Aleigh Gambone, 64), 13-Emina Ekic (24-Jordan Brewster, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Hensley Hancuff, 20-Brianna Martinez
Head Coach: Jaime Frias
AUS: 1-Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (18-Annalee Grove, 46), 2-Ellie Carpenter, 3-Clare Hunt (21-Hannah Bourke, 63), 4-Remy Siemsen (15-Melinda Barbieri, 85), 5-Rachel Lowe, 7-Princess Ibini (9-Cortnee Vine, 70), 8-Clare Wheeler, 11-Kaitlyn Torpey (13-Annabel Martin, 46), 17-Nickoletta Flannery (16-Melina Ayres, 63), 19-Grace Maher (23-Alyssa Rose, 63), 22-Amy Sayer (10-Alex Chidiac, 37)
Subs not used: 12-Sheridan Rainey, 6-Teigen Collister, 14-Mackenzie Hawkesby, 20-Ashleigh Lefevre
Head Coach: Gary Van Egmond
Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 18 / 11
Shots on Goal: 11 / 7
Saves: 16 / 12
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0
USA – Taryn Torres (caution) 89th minute