The United States scored five second-half goals and defeated Gambia 6-0 on Tuesday at Dalga Arena in its second match of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Summer Green scored three goals and Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton and Toni Payne each added a tally, setting up a crucial Group B finale against Korea DPR on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Sep. 25, 2012
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- Summer Green Scores Three Goals to Earn the Sixth Hat Trick in U.S. Women’s World Cup History
- Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton, Toni Payne Add Goals as USA Finds Net Five Times in Second Half
- USA Faces Korea DPR in Group B Finale on Sept. 29 at Bayil Stadium (8 a.m. ET on ESPN3) with Berth to Quarterfinals on the Line
BAKU, Azerbaijan (Sept. 25, 2012) – The United States scored five second-half goals and defeated Gambia 6-0 on Tuesday at Dalga Arena in its second match of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Summer Green scored three goals and Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton and Toni Payne each added a single tally, setting up a crucial Group B finale against Korea DPR on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The USA’s match against North Korea kicks off at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Bayil Stadium in Baku. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
Earlier in the day, Group B leader Korea DPR and France played to a 1-1 draw. North Korea (1-0-1) leads the group with four points and a plus-11 goal difference after walloping Gambia on the first day of matches. The U.S. (1-0-1) also has four points, but sits at plus-6 in goal difference. Third-place France (0-0-2) is very much in the mix with two points, but with a game against Gambia on Sept. 29. The top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
The U.S. can only guarantee advancement to the quarterfinals with a win on Saturday against Korea DPR, which would also earn Albertin Montoya’s side first place in the group.
The U.S. can still advance with a tie as long as France does not put up a big win against Gambia and overtake the USA in goal difference.
If the teams are also tied on goal difference at the end of group play, goals scored would be the next tiebreaker. If somehow the USA and France were to be tied on points, goal difference and goals scored, lots would be drawn to determine which country advances in second place in the group.
The U.S. could potentially advance in second place with a loss on Saturday, but only if Gambia were to defy the odds with a tie or a win against the heavily favored France squad.
Against a gritty Gambia, the Americans struggled to find a rhythm early on and Green started the scoring by burying a penalty kick in the 25th minute after left back Brittany Basinger had been bundled down in the box while hitting a cross.
The USA players quickly put the sluggish first period behind them, getting a goal from Amber Munerlyn just 25 seconds into the second half. Darian Jenkins had raced down the left side and crossed back into the middle, where Munerlyn then spun her first-time shot into the net from six yards out.
Thee USA then put away the Gambians with four goals in 25 minutes in a second half that featured one-way traffic for an American team infused with increased urgency,
Green, who threated the Gambian goal all match, scored her second goal in the 61st minute as she raced down the right wing and struck a hard shot from a sharp angle that deflected off the leg of Gambian captain Amy Jaju before skipping past wrong-footed goalkeeper Aminata Gaye and into the near post.
Jenkins, who terrorized Gambia with blistering runs down the flanks all game, notched her second assist of the match in the 71st minute on a similar a play similar to one in which she set up Munerlyn, but this time found Green to complete her hat trick with a finish from four yards out.
Midfielder Morgan Stanton scored her first international goal in the 83rd minute off a combination from two substitutes. Forward Emily Bruder raced down the left side before playing a ball into the penalty area for Lauren Kaskie, who beat the Gambian goalkeeper to the ball with a touch that took her almost to the end line. Kaskie then whirled toward the goal and found Stanton in the middle with a short pass and she spun her shot into the open net with the outside of her right foot from nine yards away.
Payne, who played an active match in the midfield for the USA, capped off the scoring in the 86th minute on a breakaway, capitalizing on a superb long-distance pass from Brittany Basinger over the Gambia back line. She raced all the way to the six-yard box before plowing her shot into the back of the net over the sliding Gaye.
A small but vocal Gambian supporters group created a vibrant atmosphere in the small stadium, but the USA took control of the match after Sainey Sissohore toe poked a shot wide right of the U.S. goal about a minute into the game.
The USA could have scored more than a few more times in front of the crowd of 4,100, but struck several shots right at Gaye and hit the crossbar or post on several occasions.
In the fifth minute, Jenkins clanged a dipping shot off the right post that Gaye might have gotten a hand on, and then Jenkins smacked her breakaway chance right at the Gambian goalkeeper from 12 yards out in the 14th minute.
Around the 50th minute, Andi Sullivan had her point-blank shot turned away by Gaye and she also drove a shot off the crossbar in the 60th minute. Minutes later, Stanton hit a blast from distance that clipped the top of the crossbar.
Tall center-back Lizzy Raben had two chances off set plays during the game, but hit a volley and a header outside the frame.
Payne had a golden opportunity for a seventh goal in the 90th minute, but after a series of crafty dribbles in the box, smacked her shot right into Gaye’s arms from 10 yards out.
- Green’s hat trick was the 11th for U.S. player in a FIFA World Cup at all levels and sixth for a female player, following Carin Gabarra and Michelle Akers (five goals) in the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, Kelly Wilson in the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Sydney Leroux in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and Maya Hayes in the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Japan.
- The six goals are the most the USA has scored in this tournament, topping the previous high of four when the Americans defeated South Korea 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
- U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya made several changes to the starting 11 that featured against France in the first World Cup match. He brought in Morgan Reid at right back and moved Brittany Basinger to the left, gave Morgan Stanton the start in the midfield, rested captain Morgan Andrews and inserted Amber Munerlyn up top.
- Summer Green’s three goals now give her 20 career international tallies at the U-17 level.
- Backup goalkeeper Cassie Miller replaced Jane Campbell at the start of the second half after Campbell got a kick in the face while coming out to challenge a cross.
- The USA out-shot Gambia 26-4 for the match.
- The USA will face North Korea in a FIFA event for the third time this year with the Olympic Team defeating the Koreans, 1-0, in group play in Glasgow, Scotland, and the U.S. U-20s winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Saitama, Japan.
- U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Gambia
Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; Group B
Venue: Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Kickoff: 8 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny, warm
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 5 6
GAM 0 0 0
USA – Summer Green (penalty kick) 25th minute
USA – Amber Munerlyn (Darian Jenkins) 46
USA – Summer Green 61
USA – Summer Green (Darian Jenkins) 71
USA – Morgan Stanton (Lauren Kaskie) 83
USA – Toni Payne (Brittany Basinger) 86
USA: 1-Jane Campbell (18-Cassie Miller, 46); Morgan Reid, 5-Maddie Bauer (capt.), 13-Lizzy Raben, 3-Brittany Basinger; 17-Andi Sullivan, 11-Toni Payne, 16-Morgan Stanton; 6-Summer Green (9-Lauren Kaskie, 82), 8-Amber Munerlyn (2-Emily Bruder, 70), 21-Darian Jenkins
Subs not used: 4-Joanna Boyles, 7-Gabbi Miranda, 10-Morgan Andrews, 12-Mandy Freeman, 14-Morgan Reid, 15-Claire Wagner, 19-Margaret Purce, 20-Morgan Stearns
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya
GAM: 1-Aminata Gaye; 2-Amie Jarju (capt.), 11-Awa Tamba (3-Anna Nyassi, 63), 16-Serreh Jatta, 17-Fatou Fatty; 5-Binta Colley (14-Veronic Malack, 72), 7-Fatou Darboe, 9-Sainey Sissohore, 19-Metta Sanneh; 10-Adama Tamba, 12-Awa Demba (20-Isatou Jallow, 55)
Subs not used: 4-Mariama Bojang, 6-Ndey Beyai, 8-Penda Bah, 13-Maria Camara, 15-Fatoumata Gibba, 18-Mariama Ceesay, 21-Fatim Jawara
Head Coach: Buba Jallow
Stats Summary: USA / GAM
Shots: 26 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 16 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside: 6 / 1
Referee: Etsuko Fukano (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Liu Hsiu Mei (TPE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chie Ohata (JPN)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)
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