MACOYA, Trinidad (July 20, 2008) –
scored an unassisted goal in the 12th minute.
Morgan is one of the youngest members of the u-17 national team. She
Ponte Vedra Storm
this past season.
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National
Team dominated El Salvador, posting a 9-0 win in their second match
of Group A at the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. The
U.S. was spurred by a hat-trick Olivia Klei, Morgan Brian, Tani
Costa and Kathryn Bennett, who capitalized from the penalty spot.
With the win, the U.S. secures a place in the tournament semifinals
on July 24 at
Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad. In the second match of
the evening, hosts Trinidad & Tobago played to a scoreless draw
against Costa Rica, leaving them in second place in Group A with
four points. The final match day will determine who finishes in
first place and who advances in second place from Group A as the
U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22,
following the match up between Costa Rica and El Salvador at 5 p.m.
“We’ve played two games and we’ve gotten stronger from the first to
the second,” said U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Kazbek Tambi. “We’d like
to have an excellent game against Trinidad (& Tobago) because we
want to keep the momentum of the good soccer leading into the semis.
At this point we’re still taking it game by game.”
Canada and Mexico have also booked a spot in the semifinals after
winning their first two Group B matches. Both teams are tied in
points with six, and will face each other in the final group match
on Monday, July 21, to determine first place in Group B.
The match against El Salvador was a one-sided affair, with the U.S.
getting 21 shots on goal to El Salvador’s zero. Nuzzolese opened the
scoring for the United States in the fourth minute. Tani Costa
received the ball with her back to the goal, dead center in front of
the six-yard box. Costa was unable to turn with two defenders right
on her back, but she managed to poke it left to Nuzzolese, who
slotted it past Salvadorian goalkeeper María Rodríguez.
Five minutes later, defender Alexis Harris gained possession of the
ball and carried it up the right side. Harris sent in a cross that
barely went over Costa’s head in the middle of the six-yard box.
Midfielder Klei had read the cross and was at the far post just in
time to catch it on a one-time volley and send it past Rodriguez for
the USA’s second goal.
Brian, the youngest player on the U.S. squad, added her name to the
goal scorer list when Nuzzolese attempted a shot and was denied by
the defense. The ball bounced off two defenders, right to Brian who
had no qualms about putting away the rebound.
Klei dished out her first assist of the night in the 15th minute
when she sent a text-book cross into the area from the left side.
The ball sailed right to Costa’s head, and she deftly headed the
ball into the goal. Klei assisted on two more header goals during
the game. In the 27th minute, and again in the 37th minute, the U.S.
earned corner kicks that Klei sent into the box. Both times, Brooks
was there to slam home the header.
The seventh goal of the evening came on a penalty. Estefany Aldana
fouled Brooks on the right side of the 18-yard box and Canadian
referee Carol Ann Chenard deemed it a penalty kick. Bennett stepped
up to the spot for the young U.S. Women, coolly sending the ball
into the lower left corner of the net as Rodriguez dived the other
way in the 51st minute.
Costa and Nuzzolese combined once again for the U.S. in the 64th
minute, when Costa fought for a ball on the right side. Shrugging
off a defender, she sent a cross to Nuzzolese on the left side of
the goal. The ball stuck in between Nuzzolese’s feet and she
recovered just in time to slot it into the back of the net.
Nuzzolese put the closing seal on the score in the 78th minute.
Bennett possessed the ball in the middle of the field about 30 yards
away from the goal. She sent a low, sharp pass straight forward to
Nuzzolese, who had her back to the goal. Nuzzolese trapped the pass,
turned on a dime and calmly slid the ball past Rodriguez to the
right as the ‘keeper was coming out to cut off the angle.
“The goals were great because they were team goals,” said Nuzzolese,
after the match. “(My teammates) found me a lot and we connected
well and played as a team. Without them I wouldn’t have scored.”
Much credit goes to the feisty Salvadorian team, who did not let up
the pressure throughout the entire match, getting their best chances
to create danger in the 80th and 91s minutes. In the 80th minute,
the Salvadorians connected on a series of passes, getting it up to
Aladana who took it up to the top of the 18-yard box. But Aladana
touched it too far ahead and U.S. goalkeeper Taylor Vancil was there
to clear it out of danger.
In the first minute of stoppage time, Karen Landaverde slipped the
ball through to María Siguenza behind the U.S. defense. Siguenza
made it to the top of the area before Brooks came back to regain
possession as Vancil was coming off her line.
The U.S., Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago are still alive in the
hunt for a place in the semifinals, and are attempting to qualify
for the inaugural FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be
held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. CONCACAF is the last
region to qualify for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in
New Zealand, after Ghana and Nigeria clinched African qualifying
earlier this month. Three teams will qualify from the CONCACAF
region, including the two Under-17 Women’s Championship finalists
and the team that finishes in third place.
The winner of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament will join Group C
as the seeded team along with Japan, France and Paraguay. One other
CONCACAF team will play in Group A with host New Zealand, Colombia
and Denmark. The other CONCACAF qualifier will play in Group B with
Germany, North Korea and either Ghana or Nigeria.
WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. El Salvador
Competition: 2008 CONCACAF
Under-17 Women’s Championship
Venue: Marvin Lee Stadium;
Date: July 20, 2008; Kickoff
– 4:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 85 degrees, Mostly
1 2 F
USA 6 3 9
SLV 0 0 0
USA – Rachel Nuzzolese (Tani Costa) 4th minute.
USA – Olivia Klei (Alexis Harris) 9.
USA – Morgan Brian (unassisted) 12.
USA – Tani Costa (Olivia Klei) 15.
USA – Amber Brooks (Olivia Klei) 27.
USA – Amber Brooks (Olivia Klei) 37.
USA – Kathryn Bennett (penalty) 51.
USA – Rachel Nuzzolese (Tani Costa) 64.
USA – Rachel Nuzzolese (Kate Bennett) 78.
Vancil; 2-Crystal Dunn, 4-Alexis Harris, 3-Cloee Colohan, 20-Amber
Brooks; 12-Morgan Brian, 7-Kathryn Bennett, 14-Olivia Klei, 5-Sydney
Payne; 10-Tani Costa, 23-Rachel Nuzzolese
Subs not used: 1-Alexa Gaul; 16-Julia Roberts; 13-Kristen Mewis,
9-Samantha Mewis, 8-Erika Tymrak, 15-Victoria DiMartino, 6-Samantha
Johnson, 24-Kelsey Wys
Head Coach: Kazbek Tambi
Rodriguez; 2-Telma Ramirez, 3-Estefanía Hernández, 7-Estefany Aldana,
8-Alba Duenas (15-María Siguenza, 66), 9-Adriana Flores, 10-Karen
Landaverde, 11-Katerine Herrera (5-Erika Sánchez, 44), 12-Francisca
Gonzalez (14-Laura Molina, 31), 16-Ingrid Fuentes, 17-Lilian Ayala
Subs not used: 1-Irma Melara, 4-Claudia Landaverde, 13-Karla Tutila,
, 18-Adriana Miranda, 19-Yeiba Hernandez
Head Coach: Julio César Ramos
USA / SLV
Shots: 42 / 0
Shots on Goal: 21 / 0
Saves: 0 / 11
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0
Referee: Carol Ann Chenard (CAN)
Asst. Referee: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Asst. Referee: Flor Escobar (GUA)
4th Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Sierra Mist Woman of the Match:
Group A Results / Schedule
Costa Rica 0, USA 6
T & T 5, El Salvador 1
USA 9, El Salvador 0
T & T 0, Costa Rica 0
El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
T & T vs. USA
Group A Standings
GP W L T GF GA GD PTS
USA 2 2 0 0 15 0 +15 6
TRI 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 4
CRC 2 0 1 1 0 6 -6 1
SLV 2 0 2 0 1 14 -13 0
Group B Results / Schedule
Puerto Rico 0, Canada 3
Mexico 6, Jamaica 0
Mexico 4, Puerto Rico 0
Canada 4, Jamaica 3
Jamaica vs. Puerto Rico
Canada vs. Mexico
Group B Standings
W L T GF GA GD PTS
MEX 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 3
CAN 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 3
JAM 2 0 2 0 3 10 -7 0
PUR 2 0 2 0 0 7 -7 0
Semifinals* – Marvin Lee Stadium
Date Matchup Time (ET)
July 24 Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A 5 p.m.
Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B 7 p.m.
*Order of matches subject to change
Finals – Marvin Lee Stadium
Date Matchup Time (ET)
July 27 Third Place Match 4 p.m.
Championship 6 p.m.