Morgan Brian Scores Game Winner





Florida's Morgan Brian Scores Game Winner in U-17 Victory over Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Dec. 9, 2009) – Morgan Brian, the only holdover from the U.S. team that finished second at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and team captain,scored her second goal of the tournament. Other Florida girls playing for the Florida team are, from Morgan's club team the Ponte Vedra Storm, Kaili Torres and Annie Bobbitt. Bryane Heaberlin of the Clear water Chargers is the team goal keeper.

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team continued to roll during its trip to Argentina, defeating the host country’s U-20 Women’s National Team by a 4-1 score. The USA defeated Chile’s U-17s 7-0 on Dec. 7. The Americans actually fell behind in 21st minute, but quickly equalized just one minute later as forward Alesha Blair controlled a bouncing ball and dribbled into the left side of the penalty area before smashing her shot off the right post and in from eight yards out. The game went into halftime knotted at 1-1, but the USA struck for two goals in three minutes starting in the 58th when Morgan Brian nailed a direct free kick from 22 yards out. The ball deflected off the Argentinean wall and flew into the left side of the net out of the reach of the ‘keeper. Two minutes later, halftime substitute Jennifer Gonzalez ran onto a through ball from Kaysie Clark, dribbled around the ‘keeper and slotted home from eight yards away. The USA added a final goal in the 73rd minute as Blair dribbled into the left side of the box toward the post, sucked the ‘keeper in and then slid a ball across the goal mouth that was knocked in by an Argentinean defender. The USA has two games remaining in Argentina, facing the Argentina U-17s on Dec. 11 and then a combined U-17/U-20 squad from Uruguay on Dec. 13.

Match: U.S. U-17 Women's National Team vs. Argentina U-20 WNT
Date: December 9, 2009
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Weather: 68 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F
USA U-17                 1   3    4
ARG U-20                 1   0    1

ARG – N/A                                         21st minute
USA – Alesha Blair                              22
USA – Morgan Brian                            58
USA – Jennifer Gonzalez (Kaysie Clark)  60
USA – Own goal (N/A)                         73

USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 15-Katie Naughton (7-Olivia Brannon, 66), 3-Brooke Gilbert, 11-Cari Roccaro (14-Annie Bobbitt, 45); 12-Alex Doll (17-Caprice Dydasco, 67), 16-Clarissa Wedemeyer (14-Annie Bobbitt, 85), 10-Morgan Brian, 4-Kaysie Clark (5-Karin Simonian, 78), 13-Kaili Torres (8-Casey Morrison, 85); 2-Alesha Blair, 6-Kylie McCarthy (9-Jennifer Gonzalez, 45).
Subs not used: Abby Smith
Head Coach: Kaz Tambi

Subs not used: N/A
Head Coach: N/A

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 13 / 9
Shots on Goal: 10 / 8
Saves: 7 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 20 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Katie Naughton (caution)    53rd minute
USA – Brooke Gilbert (caution)     90