U.S. U-20 Women’s Youth National Team Rolls Past Suriname 14-0 In Round Of 16 at Concacaf Women’s U-20 ChampionshipUSA Scores in First and Last Minute of Game; Forwards Andrea Kitahata and Michelle Cooper Bag Hat Tricks; Midfielder Emily Colton and Forward Alyssa Thompson Each Score Twice; USA Will Play Quarterfinal Match on Tuesday, March 8 against Winner of Haiti-Guyana
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (March 4, 2022) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s Youth National Team rolled past an overmatched Suriname 14-0 in the Round of 16 to begin the knockout stage of the 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship.
In the quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 8 (4 p.m. local / 3 p.m. ET), the USA will face the winner of tomorrow’s Round of 16 match between Haiti and Guyana.
The USA scored three goals in the first half, with the first coming after just 49 seconds from midfielder Emily Colton. Forward Andrea Kitahata added another on a penalty kick in the 18th minute and Talia DellaPeruta tallied in the 24th.
Seventeen-year-old Suriname goalkeeper Latifah Moedjijo stood strong for her side and her saves kept the USA from putting up an even higher score. She would face 66 shots, including 28 on goal, and make a remarkable 14 saves during the match. The U.S. averaged a shot every 82 seconds.
Suriname had all 11 players inside its own 25-yard line for almost the entire match and blocked a plethora of USA shots, but the floodgates opened early in the second half as the USA scored four goals in the first nine minutes after the break to blow the game open, including two in the first two minutes after the break, and then an outburst of five goals in the last 10 minutes.
Kitahata completed her hat trick with goals in the 46th and 52nd minutes while forward Michelle Cooper registered a second-half hat trick, completing it in the 90th minute. Two of the USA’s goals came off penalty kicks, Kitahata’s in the first half and another from center back Lilly Reale in the 67th . Forward Alyssa Thompson also scored her two goals in the second half.
Suriname earned its place in this match after winning Group D at the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Qualifiers last September in Curaçao, beating Grenada and Belize. Finishing atop that group earned Suriname a direct place in the Round of 16 at this final tournament.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
USA – Emily Colton (Andrea Kitahata), 1st minute: Kitahata, as she has done often in this tournament, blazed down the left flank, beating a defender with a nice step-over move, and crossed back into the middle on the ground to Colton, who opened her body to finish cleverly with the inside of her foot from 12 yards after just 49 seconds had elapsed. USA 1, SUR 0
USA – Andrea Kitahata (Penalty Kick), 18th minute: Kitahata was clipped on the leg by a Suriname defender right on top of the penalty box line and after a VAR review, was awarded a penalty. Kitahata stepped up to take it herself, driving the shot into the upper corner and then celebrated with a tribute to her college teammate Katie Meyer, who passed away three days ago. USA 2, SUR 0
USA – Talia DellaPeruta (Trinity Byars), 24th minute – DellaPeruta took a square pass from Byars in the middle of the field and dribbled into the penalty box. She lost her defender with a nice swivel dribble, then finished from 12 yards out near the penalty spot for her second goal of the tournament. USA 3, SUR 0
USA – Andrea Kitahata (Laney Rouse), 46th minute – Rouse did well to evade two defenders in the right corner of the field and then took a touch toward goal before crossing into the middle for Kitahata, who headed the ball low into the left corner from eight yards just 32 seconds after the whistle to start the second half. USA 4, SUR 0
USA – Michelle Cooper (Emily Colton), 47th minute – Colton played a precise pass up the middle to Cooper inside the penalty area. There, the forward did a nice job to collect under pressure as she turned toward goal and poked the ball into the right side of net from 12 yards out to score less than two minutes after entering the match at halftime. USA 5, SUR 0
USA – Andrea Kitahata, 52nd minute – Kitahata stripped the ball from a Suriname defender at the top of the penalty area and then smashed her shot from 19 yards out into the upper right corner to complete her hat trick and once again pay tribute to her former Stanford teammate. USA 6, SUR 0
USA – Alyssa Thompson, 54th minute – The seventh USA goal also came from defensive pressure. This time, Thompson stole the ball from a defender near the top of the penalty box then evaded several Surinamese players with a nice dribble and penetration into the penalty area before rolling the ball into the left side of the net from 12 yards out. USA 7, SUR 0
USA – Lilly Reale, 67th minute – Alexis Missmio smashed a shot from distance off the crossbar and as Emily Colton settled under the ball in an attempt to knock home the rebound, she was pulled down from behind for a penalty kick. Reale stepped up and converted the penalty for her first goal of the tournament. USA 8, SUR 0
USA – Avery Patterson (Alexis Missimo), 72nd minute – Missimo took a corner kick from the left side and Patterson rose over her defender to loop a header into the goal from inside the goal box for her fifth of the tournament. The Suriname goalkeeper and a defender tried to clear but couldn’t keep the falling ball out of the net. USA 9, SUR 0
USA -- Emily Mason (Michelle Cooper), 80th minute – Cooper received a ball running into the right side of the penalty area and took a nice touch to beat her defender on a dribble towards the end line before cutting a pass back into the path of Mason, who easily finished with the inside of her foot from eight yards out into the open net. USA 10, SUR 0
USA – Michelle Cooper (Emily Colton), 82nd minute – Andrea Kitahata played a cross from the left wing and it flew though the penalty box to Colton. She settled the ball and quickly played a short pass on the ground into the middle to Cooper, who was wide open to smash home her right-footed shot from nine yards out. USA 11, SUR 0
USA – Alyssa Thompson (Alexis Missimo), 84th minute – Thompson took a pass from Missimo and streaked into the right side of the penalty box where she evaded a defender with a slick dribble and struck her shot across the goal into the lower left corner from just outside the right corner of goal box. It was her second goal of the game and the tournament. USA 12, SUR 0
USA – Emily Colton, 88th minute – Suriname couldn’t clear inside its own penalty area and Colton won the ball off a defender, took a touch centrally and blasted a left-footed shot from 13 yards out into the left side of the goal for her second of the game. USA 13, SUR 0
USA – Michelle Cooper, 90th minute -- The final goal of the game was also one of the best, as this time Cooper won the ball at the top of the penalty area and turned to smash a dipping shot that flew into the net from 25 yards out. USA 14, SUR 0
- Before the match, Concacaf held a moment of silence to recognize the passing of former U.S. Women’s Youth National Team and Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer, who tragically died on March 1.
- All the U.S. players wore Meyer’s initials on athletic tape around their wrists.
- The two hat tricks marked the 19th and 20th time in tournament history that a U.S. player has scored three or more goals in a match, which includes 10 previous three-goal games by a single player, seven previous four-goal games (including one from forward Avery Patterson in the second match of the tournament) and one five-goal game.
- The 14 goals tied the mark for the second-most goals ever scored by the USA in tournament history and tied for the team’s second-highest margin of victory.
- It was the USA’s seventh game all-time with double-digit goals in this tournament.
- Right back Laney Rouse made her fourth consecutive start in the tournament, the only player to start all four matches.
- Forward Andrea Kitahata now has scored a team-leading seven goals and is the tournament’s top scorer with more Round of 16 matches commencing tomorrow.
- Twelve players have scored so far for the USA at CWU20: Kitahata (7), Patterson (5), Michelle Cooper (4), Emily Colton (3), Alexis Missimo (3), Talia DellaPeruta (2), Simone Jackson (2), Emily Mason (2), Alyssa Thompson (2), Aidan McConnell, Olivia Moultrie and Lilly Reale.
- Colton’s five assists lead the team, as 12 U.S. players have recorded assists at the tournament.
- Defender Samar Guidry has played 323 minutes through four games, most on the team.
-U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN’S YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-
Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s Youth National Team vs. Suriname
Date: March 4, 2022
Competition: Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship - Round of 16
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET)
Weather: 79 degrees, rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 11 14
SUR 0 0 0
USA – Emily Colton (Andrea Kitahata) 1st minute
USA – Andrea Kitahata (Penalty Kick) 18
USA – Talia DellaPeruta (Trinity Byars) 24
USA – Andrea Kitahata (Laney Rouse) 46
USA – Michelle Cooper (Emily Colton) 47
USA – Andrea Kitahata 52
USA – Alyssa Thompson 54
USA – Lilly Reale (Penalty Kick) 67
USA – Avery Patterson (Alexis Missimo) 72
USA – Emily Mason (Michelle Cooper) 80
USA – Michelle Cooper (Emily Colton) 82
USA – Alyssa Thompson (Alexis Missimo) 85
USA – Emily Colton 88
USA – Michelle Cooper (Alyssa Thompson) 90
USA: 12-Neeku Purcell; 2-Laney Rouse (3-Ayo Oke, 58), 14-Lauren Flynn (15-Aidan McConnell, 46), 5-Lilly Reale, 13-Samar Guidry (16-Avery Patterson, 68); 20-Talia DellaPeruta (Capt.) (4-Emily Mason, 50), 6-Emily Colton, 10-Alexis Missimo; 11-Alyssa Thompson, 18-Trinity Byars (9-Michelle Cooper, 46), 19-Andrea Kitahata
Substitutes not used: 1-Mia Justus, 7-Simone Jackson, 8-Olivia Moultrie
Head coach: Tracey Kevins
SUR: 1-Latifah Moedjijo; 19-Fabienne Karsoredjo, 4-Chanil Bonjaski, 3-Xaviera Krimbo (Capt.) 5-Chayenne Purperhart; 10-Samanie Loe-a-Foe, 8-Pamela van Zichem, (11-Shequeeni Felter, 86) 20-Royanie Karjasemita, 9-Janique van Zichem (15-Raisa Kromotirto, 32, 2-Ivaria Balsemhof, 86); 13-Odensa Kwasie (7-Cheniva Orña, 86), 17-Dareesha Slijngard (14-Miljora Itieman, 56)
Substitutes not used: 12-Sharelle Sabajo, 16-Dienthy Schoonland, 18-Shayenne Grebbe
Head coach: Hestron Jeroe
Stats Summary: USA / SUR
Shots: 66 / 0
Shots on Goal: 28 / 0
Saves: 0 / 14
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 6
Offside: 1 /0
Referee: Astrid Gramajo (GUA)
AR1: Iris Vail (GUA)
AR2: Lydia Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Mirian Leon (SLV)
VAR: Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
AVAR1: Said Martinez (HON)