U.S. U-20 WNT Blue Falls 2-0 to France in 2019 Nike Friendlies Opener

Match Report

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2019) -- France struck twice within a four-minute span early in the second half to break open a scoreless tie and went on to record a 2-0 victory over the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team-Blue squad at the 2019 Nike International Friendlies on Wednesday.

France forward Kessya Bussy, a halftime substitute, scored the first goal and set up the second minutes later by Adeline Coquard.

An alert Bussy jumped on an opportunity from a U.S. goal kick in the 53rd minute. Off a misplayed ball in the back, Bussy came in on the left flank and knocked it home for a 1-0 French lead.

It did not take long for Les Bleus to double their lead. In the 57th minute, French captain Oriane Jean Francois fed Bussy on the left flank as the forward ran into the area. Instead of shooting, she found a late-arriving Coquard, who fired a 12-yard attempt that deflected off an American player and into the net for a two-goal advantage.

The Americans tried to get on the scoreboard in the second half, but the momentum favored the French, who did a very good job of limiting the hosts' opportunities as goalkeeper Alice Pinquet was not severely tested.

Goal-Scoring Rundown

FRA -- Kessya Bussy, 53rd minute

When the USA misplayed a pass back deep in its own territory, Bussy swept in on the left flank and slotted it into the net. 

FRA  -- Adeline Coquard (Kessya Bussy), 57th minute

Captain Oriane Jean Francois fed Kessya Bussy on the left side as the forward ran into the box. Bussy targeted a late-arriving Adeline Coquard, who fired a 12-yard shot that deflected off a USA player and into the goal. 

Key Defensive Stops

Angelina Anderson, 87th minute

U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson made sure the game did not get out of hand, making three saves in the final three minutes of regulation and in stoppage time. She parried a shot from distance from second-half sub Eva Kouache in the 87th minute.

Angelina Anderson, 89th minute

Anderson denied Kouache's 25-yard attempt in the 89th minute.

Angelina Anderson, 91st minute

A minute into injury time, Anderson tipped Dufour's 24-yard blast over the crossbar.


-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-


Match: U.S. Under-20 WNT (Blue) vs. France

Date: Dec. 11, 2019

Competition: 2019 Nike International Friendlies

Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Kick-off: 3:30 p.m. ET

Weather: 78 degrees, cloudy


Scoring Summary:      1          2          F

USA                             0          0          0

FRA                              0          2          2


FRA – Kessya Bussy                                         53rd minute

FRA – Adeline Coquard (Kessya Bussy)          57



USA: 22-Angelina Anderson (capt.), 14-Quincy McMahon (15-Catherine Barry, 72), 5-Cassandra Hiatt, 4-Smith Hunter, 21-Samantha Kroeger; 8-Dilary Heredia Beltran (13-Lia Godfrey, 46), 11-Zoe Hasenauer, 20-Katelyn Duong, 23-Sydny Nasello (2-Sally Menti, 63); 10-Sakura Yoshida (6-Avery Lockwood, 72), 19-Anna Podojil

Subs Not Used: 9-Isabel Cox, 12-Meagan McClelland

Head Coach: Mark Carr


FRA: 16-Alice Pinquet, 5-Eva Fremaux, 6-Jean Francois Oriane (capt.) (10-Julie Dufour, 68), 8-Adeline Coquard, 9-Oceane Deslandes, 12-Grace Kazadi, 13-Clara Moreira, 15-Jamila Hamidou 917-Eva Kouache, 75), 18-Dialamba Diaby (7-Kessya Bussy, 46), 19-Ester Mbakem Niaro (11-Vicki Becho, 61), 20-Imane Saoud (3-Ines Bellomou, 61)

Subs Not Used: 1-Marie Petiteau 2-Manon Revelli, 4-Assimina Maoulida, 14-Kate Nado


Statistical Summary: USA / FRA

Shots: 7 / 4

Shots on Goal: 6 / 0

Saves: 0 / 4

Corners: 11 / 1

Fouls: 6 / 8

Offside: 4 / 3


Misconduct Summary:




Referee: Karen Callado

Assistant Referee 1: Laura Chambers Waliski

Assistant Referee 2: Casie Anderson

Fourth Official: Jamie Padilla

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