KÖNIZ, Switzerland (April 7, 2018) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team scored all three goals in the first half to defeat the Switzerland U-19 WNT, 3-1, in the first of two friendlies between the teams.
U.S. U-18 WNT head coach Jaime Frias has brought a team to Switzerland that features 13 players born in 2000, which is the birth year for this year’s U-18 WNT, and seven players born in 1999, which is the U-19 WNT birth year for 2018. The roster is almost evenly split between youth club players (11) and colleges players (9).
The USA opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when a hard shot from Summer yates was deflected. Jenna Nighswonger beat a defender to the loose ball and fired past the diving goalkeeper.
Yates put the USA up 2-0 with a penalty kick conversion in the 34th minute and Nighswonger sealed it in the 38th. She received the ball after another deflection, took two dribbles into the middle and curled the ball with her left foot into the upper-right side of the net from 20 yards out.
Switzerland pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half, but the young Americans would not allow another in a game that saw them compile a 13-5 shot advantage.
The U.S. will meet the Swiss again on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Local) at Tissot Arena in Biel. Fans can watch a live stream of the match here.
- U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-18 Women's National Team vs. Switzerland U-19 Women’s National Team
Date: April 7, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadium Hessgut-Liebefeld; Köniz, Switzerland
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 0 3
SUI 0 1 1
USA – Jenna Nighswonger 22nd minute
USA – Summer Yates 34
USA – Jenna Nighswonger 38
SUI – Tyara Buser (Alissia Piperata) 50
USA: 1-Claudia Dickey; 20-Madelyn Desiano, 4-Emily Smith (24-Messiah Bright, 72), 5-Maycee Bell (capt.), 6-Anna Heilferty (14-Brianna Martinez, 46); 9-Summer Yates, 10-Delanie Sheehan, 16-Chardonnay Curran (19-Emily Gray, 60), 2-Jenna Nighswonger, 21-Rachel Jones (8-Yazmeen Ryan, 46); 3-Loren Sefcik
Subs not used: 1-Meagan McClelland, 13-Sakura Yoshida, 15-Madison Murnin, 18-Taylor Malham, 23-Aleigh Gambone
Head Coach: Jaime Frias
SUI: 1-Elvira Herzog; 19-Chantal Wyser, 17-Julia Schassberger, 20-Leana Zaugg, 13-Lara Marti; 7-Malin Gut (capt.), 18-Rahel Tschopp (15-Seraina Piebel, 46), 10-Fiona Hubler (8-Alicia Haller, 78), 14-Alissia Piperata (6-Ilona Guede Redondo, 68); 11-Sabina Jackson (2-Amira Arfaoui, 61), 4-Tyara Buser
Subs not used: 12-Zora Killias, 3-Victoria Bischof, 5-Annina Enz, 9-Sina Hirschi, 16-Annina Rauber, 21-Leandra Schegg, 23-Nicole Tiller
Head Coach: Nora Häuptle
Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 13 / 5
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 6
Offside: 0 / 1
Referee: Sandra Strub (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sabrina Keinersdorfer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Anne Gabellon (SUI)
4th Official: Jérémie Héritier (SUI)