U-15 GNT Defeats Germany 6-1 to Sweep Two Games in Age Group's First-Ever International Matches Abroad
WETZLAR, Germany (Nov. 3, 2017) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team rolled past Germany 6-1 in the second of two matches between the teams during this training camp. The USA defeated Germany 3-2 on Nov. 1 in Marburg, Germany.
Midfielder Allyson Sentnor, who scored twice in the first game, added a second half hat trick to put her at five goals over the two matches, while forward Simone Jackson scored twice and forward Amelia White added a single goal.
Sentnor is the only player on the roster born in 2004. The other 19 players were born in 2003.
In a match that featured 40-minute halves, the USA was up 3-0 before the game was 17 minutes old. In just the fifth minute, defender Lilly Reale crossed the ball into the penalty box and Jackson headed it down into the feet of a German defender. White dispossessed the back, held her off, and then scored low into the right corner to make it 1-0.
The USA was ahead 2-0 after the 12th minute on a well-worked sequence. Forward Alexis Missimo dribbled down the wing and played it across the field to Sentnor, who took a touch towards goal before slotting an outside-foot pass to Jackson, who in turn finished first-time to the far post.
In the 15th, Germany was forced to change its goalkeeper after she suffered a back injury and was stretchered off. The USA wasted no time taking advantage of the back-up, scoring almost immediately. Just a minute later, midfielder Olivia Peña split two defenders with a pass downfield to a sprinting Jackson. She took a touch towards goal and bent a shot around the ‘keeper into the lower right corner.
Germany pulled a goal back in the 27th and the half ended with a 3-1 score line, but Sentnor dominated the second half, completing her hat trick in a 29-minute span.
The USA propped its lead back up to three in the 54th when midfielder Tatiana Fung played a pass to Sentnor, who dribbled across the top of the 18-yard line, swiveled to lose a defender, and lobbed a shot over the goalkeeper into the far side of the net.
In the 55th minute, forward Jillian Shimkin dribbled down the left wing and cut inside along the touchline before playing the ball across goal into the path of Sentnor, who finished first-time into the net.
Sentnor bagged her third in the 79th in a similar fashion after forward Arianna Manrique beat a defender with pace down the right side and cut inside along the end line before playing the ball across goal. Sentnor, making another well-timed run, scored with a quick touch as the goalkeeper took her to the ground.
As part of U.S. Soccer’s ongoing mission to provide increased international programming for the Youth Girls’ and Women’s National Teams, the matches marked the first-ever full international game abroad for the U-15 GNT program and the first international games under new head coach Tracey Kevins.
This team competes biennially in the CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship, but the one CONCACAF competition the team has played in (and won in 2016) was staged in the USA.
This age group of players is at the end of the first year of a two-year cycle as U-15s before transitioning to U-17s in 2019, when they will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report
Match: United States U-15 GNT vs Germany U-15 GNT
Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Wetzlar; Wetzlar, Germany
Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. CEST (5:00 a.m. ET)
Weather: 53 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
GER 1 0 1
USA - Amelia White (Simone Jackson) 5th minute
USA - Simone Jackson (Allyson Sentnor) 12
USA - Simone Jackson (Olivia Peña) 16
GER - Franziska Kett 27
USA - Allyson Sentnor (Tatiana Fung) 54
USA - Allyson Sentnor (Jillian Shimkin) 55
USA - Allyson Sentnor (Arianna Manrique) 79
USA: 1-Neeku Purcell (22-Haley Craig, 41), 3-Andrea Kitahata (16-Ayo Oke, 41), 5-Phoenix Miranda (4-Baleigh Bruster, 41), 9-Lilly Reale, 14-Kellie Pagador, 6-Colby Barnett (21-Isabella Piete, 41), 7-Allyson Sentnor, 20-Olivia Peña (17-Summer Denigan, 32), 6-Simone Jackson (10-Arianna Manrique, 41), 15-Alexis Missimo (2-Emma Egizii, 51), 8-Amelia White (11-Jillian Shimkin, 32)
Subs not used: None
Head Coach: Tracey Kevins
GER: 1-Laura-Johanna Dick (12-Luisa Weinhändler, 15), 2-Maria Zeller (22-Camilla Kuever, 41), 4-Katharina Piljic (15-Diana Mahn, 78), 5-Josefine Neß (14-Eva Holtmeyer, 78) 3-Tuana Shahnis Reichardt (13-Leonie Stöhr, 41), 6-Annika Bischoff (20-Ria Clara Fröhlich, 78), 7-Jana Rogee, 8-Lisanne Gräwe (18-Lena Eichler, 61), 9-Natasha Kowalski (16-Carlotta Wamser, 58), 10-Annika Wohner (19-Maya Sternad, 51), 11-Franziska Kett (23-Cora Zicai, 73)
Subs not used: 17-Mia Büchele
Head Coach: Bettina Wiegmann
Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 11 / 6
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 9
Offside: 3 / 6
USA -- Jillian Shimkin (caution) 60th minute
Referee: Fabienne Michel (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Naemi Breier (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Franziska Erkes (GER)
4th Official: Vanessa Schleicher (GER)