MORTAGNE-SUR-SÈVRE, FRANCE (April 7, 2023) – The U.S. Under-16 Women’s Youth National Team rolled past Norway, 4-0, in its third game of the Mondial Montaigu Football Tournament while scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes.
With the win, the USA finishes atop Group F and will face Group E winner and host France on April 9 for the tournament title. The USA and France played in a friendly match on April 5 that did not count in the tournament standings with the USA coming away with a 3-0 win.
In the six-team competition, Japan will face Portugal for third place and Norway will take on Mexico for fifth place.
The USA held Norway without a shot throughout the entire match -- the tournament features 80-minute games – and the young Americans took an early lead through a third minute penalty kick from midfielder Kennedy Fuller.
Fuller played provider just 11 minutes after her score from the spot, sending a pass into the penalty box for midfielder Ayva Jordan, who ran into the ball, dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored.
Fuller picked up her second assist in the 20th minute, holding the ball up top before laying it off to defender Katie Scott for an upper-90 finish.
The USA put a capper on the match in the 78th minute as forward Alexandra Pfeiffer played a diagonal ball to forward Mya Townes into the box and she finished first-time for the final scoreline.
All the players on the U.S. roster were born in 2007, which is the birth year that will form the primary age group working to earn a berth to the 2024 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
-- U.S. UNDER-16 YOUTH WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT --
Match: United States U-16 Women's Youth National Team vs. Norway U-16 Women’s National Team
Date: April 7, 2023
Competition: Mondial Montaigu Women's Tournament
Venue: Complexe Sportif Stephane Traineau; Mortagne-sur-Sèvre, France
Weather: 60 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
NOR 0 0 0
USA – Kennedy Fuller (Penalty Kick) 2nd minute
USA – Ayva Jordan (Kennedy Fuller) 13
USA – Katie Scott (Kennedy Fuller) 20
USA – Mya Townes (Alexandra Pfeiffer) 78
USA: 12-Kennedy Zorn, 8-Daya King (Capt.) (2-Alexis Coughlin, 41); 17-Kiara Gilmore, 19-Kai Price, 3-Katherine Scott, 6-Trinity Armstrong (13-Ainsley McCammon, 41); 9-Tessa Knapp, 10-Kennedy Fuller (5-Jordyn Hardeman, 60); 11-Zoe Matthews (Alexandra Pfeiffer, 67); 20-Caroline Helfrich, 7-Ayva Jordan (14-Mya Townes, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Molly Vapensky, 4-Mya Brandon, 15-Y-Lang Nguyen, 16-Madeline Padelski
Head Coach: Patchy Toledo
NOR: 23-Hanna Krog; 2-Ina Raaum, 4-Josefine Thornes, 6-Henny Thorhallsson, 8-Lillana Taugbol, 10-Anny Kerim-Lindland, 11-Iben Robertsen, 16-Mia Johannessen, 18-Elle Ulstein (13-Julia Vu, 60); 19-Selma Bakke, 22-Tuva Olaussen
Subs not used: 1-Sannah Elisabeth, 3-Nora Mjos, 5-Tuva Henneli, 7-Malin Book, 9-Julie Gronning, 12-Emma Karsnes, 14-Emma Saeter, 15-Linnea Holmesveen, 17-Aurela Imeraj, 20-Anna Malmin, 21-Malin Ronningen
Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 10 / 0
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 5 / 0