U.S. Beach Women’s National Team Close Out First Tournament in Two Years With 4-2 Loss to Spain

Rebecca Staylor Scores First International Goal, Lauren Leslie Adds Second of the Competition;

MOSCOW, Russia (August 15, 2021) – The U.S. Beach Women’s National Team closed out its first competition in two years with a 4-2 loss to powerhouse Spain on Sunday night at Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium. Lauren Leslie scored her second in three matches, and Rebecca Taylor tallied her first international goal as the USA finished fourth at the inaugural Women’s Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup.


Andrea Miron put the European Champions ahead on a shot from the right side, and goalkeeper Laura Silvente doubled the lead when she stepped up juggling before ripping a volley that dipped over USA goalkeeper Melisa Lowder’s reach and off the bottom before crossing the line. Maria Barqueo increased the lead early in the third at the near post.


The USA then began its comeback attempt when Ali Hall chipped a restart from the right sideline to the far post, where Leslie hit it first time at the near post off the goalkeeper into the side net. Minutes later Rebecca Taylor intercepted a pass and whipped a ball from 22 yards to the far post to cut the deficit to one.


Spain’s Miron the put the game away with a left-footed blast to the right upper-90 with less than four minutes to play.






United States Beach Women’s National Team vs. Spain

Date: August 15, 2021
Competition: 2021 Women’s Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup

Venue: Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium

Attendance: 600

Kickoff: 11:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. local time)

Weather: 75 degrees; clear


Scoring Summary: 1          2          3          F

USA                            0          1          1          2

ESP                            2          1          1          4


ESP - Andrea Miron                        02:29 (1st Period)

ESP - Laura Silvente                       01:21 (1st)

ESP - Maria Barquero                     09:11 (2nd)

USA - Lauren Leslie                        08:13 (2nd)

USA - Rebecca Taylor                    05:39 (3rd)

ESP - Andrea Miron                        03:47 (3rd)



USA: 12-Melissa Lowder, 3-Samantha Witteman, 4-Vanessa Valentine, 9-Kilee Quigley, 10-Ali Hall

Substitutes: 2-Danielle Kovacevic, 5-Rebecca Taylor, 6-Jeane Sunseri-Warp (captain), 7-Lauren Leslie, 8-Ashley Tripplet

Substitutes Not Used: 1-Christi Yount

Head coach: Morgan Church


ESP: 1-Laura Gallego Silvente, 4-Carmen Fresneda Morga, 9-Carolina Gonzalez Portela, 11-Carla Morera Rincon, 19-Adriana Manau Gimenez

Substitutes: 3-Andrea Miron Castro (captain), 10-Jessica Higueras Miras, 18-Maria Barquero Gutierrez

Head coach: Jesus Sanchez Requena

Misconduct Summary:




Referee: Denis Smolyaninov (RUS)

Second Referee: Aleksei Ivanov (RUS)

3rd Referee: Mikhail Prokharau (BLR)

Timekeeper: Oleg Cebotari (MDA)



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