Morgan Brian Scores Two    


Morgan Brian Scores Two As USA Gets Past Costa Rica

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica (March 14, 2010) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team earned its third straight blowout win at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships, defeating host Costa Rica 10-0 to take first place in Group A.

The USA scored five goals in each half as forward Taylor Smith recorded a hat trick, Lindsey Horan and Morgan Brian had two goals each and Alex Doll, Kaili Torres and Jennifer Gonzalez tallied single scores.

The USA had already qualified for the semifinals after dominating victories in the first two group games and will now face the second place team from Group B – either Mexico or Canada – in the one of the semifinal matches on March 18. The winners of the two semifinals will earn berths to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

The USA will have to wait until the completion of Group B action tomorrow to find out its semifinal opponent and if it will play in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local) or the second at 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local). Costa Rica finished second in Group A and will play the first place team from Group B in the semis.

The Costa Rican fans serenaded their players with “Si Se Puede” at the beginning of the match, but it didn’t take long for it to become clear that the Americans were of a different level.

The U.S. started out playing at a blistering pace, but the lights went out in the 10th minute – literally – as three of the four banks in the stadium went dark, forcing a 30-minute delay.

Once play resumed, it only took the U.S. only about 45 seconds to open the scoring and it came courtesy Smith.

The goal came after Horan put Cari Roccaro free down right side and she crossed from almost flush on the sideline to the far post. Alex Doll got to the ball and first-timed it back into the middle, where Smith re-directed the bouncing ball with her head into the right corner. more