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2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

U.S. National Training Center; Carson, California
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Pugh and Racioppi Score as U-20 WNT Defeats Brazil to Take Second at 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (June 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterpart from Brazil, 2-1, in its third and final game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational.  With the win, the USA took second place in the tournament behind Japan, which won its three games by a combined 16-0 margin. Brazil finished third and Mexico fourth.

Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner for the second consecutive game, this one coming in the 74th minute after she won a tackle deep inside her own half and took off on 80-yard run all the way into the six-yard box at the other end. She out-raced several defenders on the way, put another on the ground with a nice hesitation move inside the penalty area, and then cut back into the middle before bending her shot into the left corner from close range.

The USA had taken a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute after winning the ball in Brazil’s defensive third and Megan Buckingham played a pass wide right to Pugh. She got around the corner and served the ball near post to a crashing Taylor Racioppi, who finished well to put the USA up early.

Brazil equalized off a corner kick from Gabriela Silva in the 57th minute as she flicked a ball with her head that was served from the left and looped it into the right side of the net.

All of the teams are currently preparing for 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying.

- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California 
Attendance: 250
Weather: 70 degrees; Windy

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

USA – Taylor Racioppi (Mallory Pugh)                          21st minute
BRA – Gabriela Silva                                                         57
USA – Mallory Pugh                                                           74                                                          

Lineups:
USA: 18-Casey Murphy; 6-Sabrina Flores, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 22-Courtney Petersen; 8-Parker Roberts, 16-Savannah DeMelo (12-Emily Ogle, 59), 14-Megan Buckingham (10-Marley Canales, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh; 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 57), 11-Taylor Racioppi (17-Ashley Sanchez, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 2-Maddie Elliston, 3-Alana Cook, 5-Mikaela Harvey, 15-Hana Kerner
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Carla Maria Silva; 3-Karen Bender, 4-Menezes Beatriz, 6-Yasmin Ribeiro, 7-Brena Carolina Oliveira; 8-Julia Bianchi, 9-Kelen Bender (11-Tabatha Silva, 46), 10-Gabriela Silva, 14-Caroline Matos;15-Bruna Calderan, 16-Marjorie Boilesen (18-Ottilia Grassetti, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda Souza, 2-Isabela Queroz, 13-Giovanna Campiolo, 17-Erika Abreu, 19-Thiellen Nascimento
Head Coach: Dorival Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 3 / 3
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3/ 1
Corner Kicks: 12 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 8
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Parker Roberts (caution)                       51st minute

Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Michelle Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

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CHICAGO (May 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will stage a four-team Under-20 women’s international tournament from June 2-6 as the USA will host Brazil, Japan and Mexico in the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

Each of the match days – June 2, 4 and 6 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public. Parking is free on June 2 and 4, but not on June 6 as there is a Los Angeles Galaxy game that evening at the StubHub Center. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Tues., June 2

Mexico vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Tues., June 2

USA vs. Japan

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

Brazil vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

Japan vs. Mexico

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

USA vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papau New Guinea. Like the USA, Brazil has participated in all seven of the FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested thus far. Japan has participated in four tournaments and Mexico has played in all but the 2004 tournament in Thailand that was a U-19 event.

U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called in 20 players for the tournament, seven of whom are already in college (two players enrolled early and have yet to play a college season in forward Kelcie Hedge (University of Washington and defender Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State) with seven more graduating this summer and heading off for their freshman seasons this fall.

Seven players on the roster were born in 1996, which is the age cut-off for next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Nine were born in 1997 with midfielder Jordan Harr, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and forward Mallory Pugh (all 1998s) and forward Ashley Sanchez (1999), the youngest players on the roster. Pugh was a starter for the U.S. team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, while Sanchez was recently called up from the U-17 WNT and is age-eligible for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Jordan.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Ks.)
FORWARDS (4): Hana Kerner (Match Fit FC; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

Additional Notes:

  • The CONCACAF qualifying tournament 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in December in Honduras.
  • Each team is allowed to name 20 players on its tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • After goal difference and goals scored, the next tie-breakers will be the head-to-head result.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.
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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1; Carson, Calif. 250 Racioppi, Pugh
1-0 W Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1; Carson, Calif. 400 Pugh
0-3 L Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1; Carson, Calif. 300 --

2015 NTC Invitational

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
F 5-5 Novi, Mich. Michigan Hawks
M 5-4 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Surf
D 5-8 Far Hills, N.J.
M 5-5 Bellflower, Calif. USC
D 5-4 Omaha, Neb. OMA Elite Girls' Academy
D 5-3 Livingston, N.J. PDA Clash
M Liberty Hill, Texas Lonestar SC
F 5-1 Sachse, Texas Texas Tech
M 5-8 Post Falls, Idaho Washington
D 5-9 Coto de Caza, Calif. Slammers FC
F 5-6 Upper Saddle River, New Jersey Match Fit Academy
GK 5-9 Liberty Township, Ohio
GK 6-1 Bridgewater, N.J. PDA Slammers
M 5-5 Strongsville, Ohio Internationals SC
M 5-5 Canton, Mich. Michigan Hawks
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Washington Spirit 29/6
M 5-5 Ocean Township, N.J. PDA
D 5-8 Fairfax Station, Va. BRYC Elite
M 5-7 Leawood, Kan. KC Dynamos
F 5-3 Monrovia, Calif. UCLA 0/0

2015 NTC Invitational

Megan Buckingham

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Novi, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Marley Canales

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
San Diego Surf

Alana Cook

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Far Hills, N.J.

Savannah DeMelo

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bellflower, Calif.

Club:
USC

Madeline Elliston

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Omaha, Neb.

Club:
OMA Elite Girls' Academy

Sabrina Flores

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Livingston, N.J.

Club:
PDA Clash

Mikaela Harvey

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Liberty Hill, Texas

Club:
Lonestar SC

Jordan Harr

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Sachse, Texas

Club:
Texas Tech

Kelcie Hedge

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Post Falls, Idaho

Club:
Washington

Natalie Jacobs

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Coto de Caza, Calif.

Club:
Slammers FC

Hana Kerner

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Club:
Match Fit Academy

Samantha Leshnak

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Liberty Township, Ohio

Casey Murphy

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Bridgewater, N.J.

Club:
PDA Slammers

Emily Ogle

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio

Club:
Internationals SC

Courtney Petersen

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Canton, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Mallory Pugh

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Taylor Racioppi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ocean Township, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Kaleigh Riehl

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fairfax Station, Va.

Club:
BRYC Elite

Parker Roberts

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Leawood, Kan.

Club:
KC Dynamos

Ashley Sanchez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Monrovia, Calif.

Club:
UCLA

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Japan
3 3 0 0 16 0 16 9
United States 3 2 1 0 3 4 -1 6
Brazil  3 1 2 0 2 6 -4 3
Mexico
3 0 3 0 0 11 -11 0

Group A

Date Match Time (PT)/Result Venue
May 2 Mexico vs. Brazil 0-1 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 2 United States vs. Japan 0-3
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 4 Brazil vs. Japan 0-4 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 4 United States vs. Mexico 1-0
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 6 Japan vs. Mexico 9-0
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1
May 6 Brazil vs. United States 1-2 Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Format:

The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public. Parking is free on June 2 and 4, but not on June 6 as there is a Los Angeles Galaxy game.

U.S. U-20 Women's National Team - 2015 NTC Invitational Stats

Record: 2-1-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Meghan Buckingham F 2 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Marley Canales D 3 2 161 0 0 0 0/0
Alana Cook D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Savannah DeMelo M 3 1 130 0 0 0 0/0
Maddie Elliston D 2 2 135 0 0 0 0/0
Sabrina Flores D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Jordan Harr M 3 3 151 0 0 0 1/0
Mikaela Harvey M 2 2 90 0 0 0 0/0
Kelcie Hedge F 3 0 55 0 0 0 0/0
Natalie Jacobs D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Hana Kerner F 1 0 29 0 0 0 0/0
Samantha Leshnak GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Casey Murphy GK 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Emily Ogle M 3 2 156 0 0 0 1/0
Courtney Petersen M 3 1 154 0 0 0 0/0
Mallory Pugh M 3 3 260 2 1 5 0/0
Taylor Racioppi M 3 3 192 1 1 3 0/0
Kaliegh Riehl D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Parker Roberts D 3 1 146 0 0 0 1/0
Ashley Sanchez M 3 0 141 0 0 0 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 3 2 8 3/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 4 2 10 0/0

2015 NTC Invitational Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Samantha Leshnak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Casey Murphy 3 3 270 3 4 1 1.33 2-1-0
Totals 3 3 270 3 4 1 1.33 2-1-0
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 4 3 1 1.00 1-2-0

Updated through June 6, 2015

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