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U-17 WNT Wins World Cup Qualifying Group in Grenada with 2-0 Victory Against Costa Rica

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 8, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won its group at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-0 victory against Costa Rica thanks to first half goals from Alexa Spaanstra and Ashley Sanchez. The U.S. will face Canada in the tournament semifinals on Friday for a place at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The USA controlled large stretches of the game through smart possession and constant pressure on Costa Rica when the Ticas managed to get hold of the ball. It didn’t take the young Americans long to find the net as Sophia Smith found Spaanstra for the opening goal in the sixth minute. A half hour later, U.S. forward Frankie Tagliaferri drew a penalty kick that Sanchez converted with aplomb.

The second half saw U.S. head coach B.J. Snow use all three subs, getting players experience and saving some legs in the intense humidity in advance of Friday’s all important semifinal.

The USA advances as the Group B winner, while Costa Rica, Mexico or Jamaica could qualify for the semifinals depending on the outcome of the Mexico-Jamaica match which kicks off later in the day. Haiti won Group A after defeating Canada (the Group A runner-up) 2-1 in the teams’ final group stage match on Monday and will face the second place team from Group B in the semifinals. The order of the semifinal match-ups will be determined following the completion of the second Group B match featuring Mexico and Jamaica.

The semifinal against Canada will take place on March 11 with a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on the line. The match will be broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Sports Go.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 

USA – Alex Spaanstra (Sophia Smith), sixth minute: The game-winning goal was created off a brilliant dribbling run from Sophia Smith, who left several defenders in her wake as she drove into the right side of the penalty area, got to the end line, drew the ‘keeper to the near post and cut a pass back to Spaanstra in the seam for her to tap home from close range. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Penalty Kick), 38th minute: The ball was crossed in for Frankie Tagliaferri who was in on goal before being chopped down by a Costa Rica defender. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and the U.S. captain Ashley Sanchez stepped up to send a right-footed shot well out of reach of the ‘keeper into the left side netting. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brianna Pinto, 36th minute: Costa Rica carved out its best chance of the game on a crafty set piece that got Fabiola Lobo free in the U.S. penalty box. She sent a cross to the back right post where a scramble eventually saw the ball deflect back to the left side of goal and fall to Maria Salas, who got a header on target that was volleyed clear by Pinto.

CRC – María Fernanda Sanabria, 28th minute: Ashley Sanchez put on a show, dancing past multiple defenders along the Costa Rica end line before getting off a close range shot that was saved by goalkeeper Akira Rubi. The rebound fell to U.S. midfielder Brianna Pinto just outside the six-yard box, but her one-time, goal-bound shot was cleared off the goal line by María Fernanda Sanabria to keep the U.S. from running up the score early.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup against Canada on March 11 (FOX Soccer Plus) at Grenada National Stadium in St. Georges, Grenada. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA has now won its World Cup Qualifying group for the fifth consecutive time and remains perfect in the qualifying group stage with a 15-0-0 all-time record since the beginning of the competition in 2008.
  • Ashley Sanchez is one of only two players in this year’s tournament to score in all three group stage matches. Haiti’s Mikerline Saint Felix is the other.
  • With four goals in the group stage, Sanchez is one score behind the leader in the tournament Golden Boot race.
  • Alex Spaanstra’s opening goal made her the USA’s fourth different goal scorer in the tournament.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory collected her second clean sheet of the competition, becoming the only ‘keeper with two so far in the tournament.
  • The USA held Costa Rica to just one shot and none on goal.
  • The USA finished group play scoring 11 goals and allowing just one.

- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: March 8, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Grenada National Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 84 degrees; hot and sunny

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                                         2          0          2        
CRC                                         0          0          0

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Sophia Smith)                     6th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (penalty kick)                          38

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 4-Naomi Girma, 6-Emily Smith, 19-Kate Wiesner; 2-Taryn Torres, 8-Brianna Pinto, 3-Sophia Smith (17-Jordan Canniff, 46), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (13-Rachel Jones, 83), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hillary Beall, 14-Civana Kuhlmann, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 18-Jaelin Howell
Not available: 5-Sydney Zandi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CRC: 1-Akira Rubi; 6-Fabiola Lobo, 2-Valeria Del Campo, 15-Stephannie Blanco, 4-Yedry Salas; 8-María Fernanda Sanabria, 5-Sabrina Vásquez, 20-Emma Víquez (16-Carmen Marín, 67), 12-Maria Salas (19-Ziuliani Rodríguez, 85); 10-Gloriana Villalobos (capt.) (11-Priscilla Chinchilla, 79), 9-Mereilyn Alvarado
Subs Not Used: 3-Viviana Villalobos, 13-Yendry Rojas, 18-Valeria Román, 7-Pamela Mora, 14-Irela Rodríguez, 17-Hilary Corrales
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 16 / 1
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              37th minute
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              82
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (ejection)             82
USA – Briana Pinto (caution)                              87

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wesline Louis (HAI)
4th Official: Marie-Soieil Beaudoin (CAN)

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- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: March 8, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Grenada National Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 84 degrees; hot and sunny

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                                         2          0          2         
CRC                                         0          0          0

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Sophia Smith)                     6th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (penalty kick)                          38

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 4-Naomi Girma, 6-Emily Smith, 19-Kate Wiesner; 2-Taryn Torres, 8-Brianna Pinto, 3-Sophia Smith (17-Jordan Canniff, 46), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (13-Rachel Jones, 83), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hillary Beall, 14-Civana Kuhlmann, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 18-Jaelin Howell
Not available: 5-Sydney Zandi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CRC: 1-Akira Rubi; 6-Fabiola Lobo, 2-Valeria Del Campo, 15-Stephannie Blanco, 4-Yedry Salas; 8-María Fernanda Sanabria, 5-Sabrina Vásquez, 20-Emma Víquez (16-Carmen Marín, 67), 12-Maria Salas (19-Ziuliani Rodríguez, 85); 10-Gloriana Villalobos (capt.) (11-Priscilla Chinchilla, 79), 9-Mereilyn Alvarado
Subs Not Used: 3-Viviana Villalobos, 13-Yendry Rojas, 18-Valeria Román, 7-Pamela Mora, 14-Irela Rodríguez, 17-Hilary Corrales
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 16 / 1
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              37th minute
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              82
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (ejection)             82
USA – Briana Pinto (caution)                              87

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wesline Louis (HAI)
4th Official: Marie-Soieil Beaudoin (CAN)


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Fontes' Double, Fishel Goal Lift USA to 3-0 Opening Win vs. Cameroon at 2018 U-17 Women's World Cup

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, Uruguay (Nov. 14, 2018) – The USA opened its 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup campaign with a solid 3-0 win against a physical Cameroon team in the first Group C match for both teams. In a rollicking contest that featured numerous memorable moments, midfielder Mia Fishel opened the scoring and forward Sunshine Fontes added two more goals while goalkeeper Angelina Anderson was stellar.

The U.S. defense kept a clean sheet – defender Mckenna Morris cleared back-to-back shots out of the goal mouth in the first half – against a Cameroon side that finished the game with nine players after having its goalkeeper and a defender sent off.

A wild first half saw end-to-end play, but the USA had trouble getting forward against a physical Cameroon defense. The U.S. did threaten on set pieces, which proved to be their avenue to the opening goal.

In the aftermath of a 22nd minute set-piece, Cameroon cleared the ball up the field, but a Cameroon player was injured and stayed down near the top of the penalty box. While the Africans lobbied the referee, the USA kept playing, and defender Natalia Staude played short pass to Fishel up the middle. Fishel would have been offside had it not been for the prone Cameroonian defender, but she played the whistle, and raced in on goal. Fishel’s first shot was saved by the goalkeeper, who pushed it squarely of the post. The rebound bounced right back to Fishel and she finished her second chance with composure, pounding her own rebound into the net to make it 1-0.

The goal spurred Cameroon to attack in greater numbers, but the U.S. defense held strong, highlighted by strong play from center backs Staude and Michela Agresti, as well as the goal-saving clearances from Morris.  

Tensions continued to rise late in the first half as rough tackles resulted in two yellow cards for Cameroon. The increasingly physical play culminated in a straight red card being shown to Cameroon’s goalkeeper Christemilie Onomo, who flew in the air to cleat midfielder Maya Doms directly in the midsection as she chased a bouncing ball at the top of the penalty box. Referee Casey Reibelt brandished the red card and the USA was fortunate that she also ruled the foul had taken place inside the penalty area. Fontes stepped up and sent the spot kick home to double the U.S advantage to 2-0 just before the half.

While Cameroon created several dangerous chances in the second half, the U.S. defense continued to make nice stops and Anderson made stellar saves in the 69th and 73rd minutes, first tipping a long-range effort over the bar and then parrying away a well-struck shot at the right post.

Fontes clinched the match in the 81st minute with a spectacular 32-yard chip shot that caught substitute goalkeeper Olga Ngo Esse far off her line and billowed the back of the net in the air.

Next up, Group C continues as the USA takes on reigning U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR in Colonia on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on FS2 and Universo as well as streamed on TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes App.

Goal Scoring Rundown
USA – Mia Fishel (Natalia Staude), 22nd minute
After a dangerous ball was played into the penalty box by Sunshine Fontes on a corner kick from the left side, Cameroon cleared it away. As they tried to clear the ball further upfield, a Cameroon player collided in the air with an American and fell to the ground. As Cameroon looked for a whistle from the referee, Natalia Staude played it up the middle to Fishel who found herself against the Cameroon goalkeeper one-on-one. Onomo deflected her first attempt and it hit off the right post before landing back at Fishel’s feet and she buried the follow-up shot into the lower left corner. USA 1, CMR 0

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Penalty Kick), 45+5
Mia Fishel stole a Cameroon pass in midfield and lofted the ball forward to Maya Doms, who was making a run behind the defense. She went up for the 50/50 ball at the edge of the penalty area and Cameroon goalkeeper, who missed her clearance attempt, instead cleated Doms in the midsection. The referee showed Onomo a red card for the challenge and conferred with her Assistant Referee before pointing to the penalty spot. It took the referee a few minutes to sort out the call and by the time Fontes cooly dispatched the spot kick, beating substitute ‘keeper Olga Ngo Esse, it was in the fifth minute of first half stoppage time. USA 2, CMR 0

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Trinity Rodman), 81st minute
The U.S. repelled a Cameroon attack and transitioned up field quickly. Substitute forward Trinity Rodman collected a pass out of the back, carried the ball through midfield and played a leading pass for Fontes to chase into the Cameroon half. After running onto the ball, Fontes spotted Ngo Esse off her line and lifted a beautiful shot over the ‘keeper from 32 yards out that nestled into the back of the net for the final margin. USA 3, CMR 0. FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The two goals for Sunshine Fontes, the first player from Hawaii to make a Youth Women’s World Cup roster, upped her U.S. YNT career record for U-17 WNT goals to 24 and gave her 22 for the year. She is this cycle’s most-capped player with 30 U-17 international games under her belt.
  • The only female U.S. Youth National Team player to score more goals in a calendar year was Kelly Wilson in 2002 when she scored 23 on the way to helping lead the USA to the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup title. Lindsay Tarpley scored 21 international goals that year.
  • Mia Fishel’s goal was the sixth international score of her U-17 career in her 27th cap.
  • The match marked the first Women’s World Cup match for all of the U.S. players except for forward Jordan Canniff who played in one match at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan two years ago.
  • Canniff made an inspirational comeback from an ACL injury suffered in the spring to make this roster and get the start today.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three of his allowed substitutes. He sent on forwards Trinity Rodman for Jordan Canniff in the 60th and Isabella D’Aquila for Sunshine Fontes in the 82nd. Midfielder Hannah Bebar replaced Maya Doms in the 74th.
  • The victory marked just the second time the USA has won its opening match at the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The USA lost its opening match to Japan (3-2) in 2008 in New Zealand, but advanced to the championship game where it fell in overtime to North Korea. In 2012 in Azerbaijan, the USA drew its opening game 0-0 with eventual champion France. In 2016 in Jordan, the USA defeated Paraguay, 6-1, but then fell to Ghana and eventual runner-up Japan.
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