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USA Eliminated from 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Despite Finishing with Five Points in Group B

The United States played Korea DPR to a 1-1 draw in the Group B finale at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but the USA was eliminated from the competition based on goal differential. Korea DPR and France advanced out of the group to the quarterfinal stage as France made up the necessary seven-goal difference to move ahead of the U.S. for second place.


Toni Payne

IN THE IMAGE: Toni Payne and the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team tied Korea DPR 1-1 on Saturday but fell short of advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

  • U.S. Ties Korea DPR 1-1 to Finish Group Play Undefeated, but Fails to Advance to Quarterfinals on Goal Difference
  • Korea DPR, France Advance Out of Group B
  • USA’s Darian Jenkins Scores Opening Goal in 2nd Minute, but Korea DPR Equalizes in the 4th Minute

BAKU, Azerbaijan (Sept. 29, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team drew with Korea DPR 1-1 to finish undefeated in Group B play with five points
at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. In an extremely rare occurrence, North Korea and France also finished with five points, but as both ended group
play with a superior goal difference over the Americans, the USA was eliminated from the tournament.

The top two finishers in each of the four groups advance to quarterfinal stage. Korea DPR, France and the USA all tied their matches against each other,
but North Korea and France move on to the quarterfinal stage as the deciding factor in the group ended up being who could score more goals against Gambia.

In Saturday’s other group match, France defeated Gambia 10-2 and finished with an eight-goal difference. North Korea scored 11 goals against Gambia to win
the group and the USA mustered six scores against Gambia.

With just under 20 minutes left in both Group B matches that kicked off at the same time, the USA was locked in a 1-1 battle with North Korea while France
led Gambia 4-2. France then reeled off six goals in 19 minutes to move past the USA on goal difference and into the second spot in the group while earning
a quarterfinal berth.

The Group B results marked the first time ever that three teams in one group finished with five points at a FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Korea DPR advances to
its third straight U-17 quarterfinal after winning the event in 2008 and taking fourth place in 2010. France advances to its first U-17 World Cup
quarterfinal stage.

Darian Jenkins scored the USA’s lone goal early and goalkeeper Jane Campbell made seven saves against a Korea DPR team that outshot the Americans 22-10.

The match started with frenetic pace as both teams traded goals in the opening minutes. Jenkins scored in the second minute off an Amber Munerlyn cross
from the right corner. Running toward the left post, Jenkins deftly volleyed the looping ball with her left foot to the inside right netting for a 1-0
lead. The goal was her first of the tournament.

Korea DPR responded two minutes later as Ri Un Sim trapped a deep pass from Jon So Yon in the box, turned and fired to the right side of the net for her
fifth goal of the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The goal was the first and only score allowed by the USA in the tournament after shutting out France 0-0 and
Gambia 6-0 in the first two Group B matches.

Korea DPR had a great look at goal in the 55th minute on a semi-breakaway when Choe Yun Gyong received the ball on the left with room to go toward goal.
Instead of shooting, she cut to her right and Mandy Freeman recovered to block her shot.

In the 86th minute, the U.S. came close to scoring a go-ahead tally – and a goal that would have put the team through to the quarterfinals – when Morgan
Andrews struck a free kick from about 35 yards out that hit the crossbar near the upper left corner. The USA could not get on the rebound and crafty North
Korea did well to kill the rest of the game.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. U-17s did not lose a single international game this year. Their overall record in 2012 is 13-0-4.
  • U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya made three starting lineup changes from the victory against Gambia. Captain Morgan Andrews, who got a rest for the
    previous group match, started in the midfield and Gabbi Miranda and Mandy Freeman started in the defense. Freeman sustained an injury to her head in the
    scoreless draw against France on Sept. 22 and had to be subbed out in the early minutes.
  • Heading into the USA’s final group match, FIFA ruled that one of Summer Green’s three goals against Gambia was an own goal by Amie Jarju. Green
    officially has three hat tricks in 2012, all coming during World Cup Qualifying.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell allowed only her second goal in 13 international matches this year.

– U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report –

U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Sept. 29, 2012
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; Group B
Bayil Stadium; Baku, Azerbaijan
8 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 2,500
78 degrees, sunny, warm

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

USA – Darian Jenkins (Amber Munerlyn) 2nd minute
PRK – Ri Un Sim (Jon So Yon)                4

1-Jane Campbell; 3-Brittany Basinger, 5-Maddie Bauer, 12-Mandy Freeman, 7-Gabbi Miranda; 10-Morgan Andrews (capt.) (9-Lauren Kaskie, 90), 17-Andi Sullivan
(16-Morgan Stanton, 82), 11-Toni Payne; 6-Summer Green, 8-Amber Munerlyn (2-Emily Bruder, 86), 21-Darian Jenkins
Subs not used: 4-Joanna Boyles, 13-Lizzy Raben, 14-Morgan Reid, 15-Claire Wagner, 18-Cassie Miller, 19-Margaret Purce, 20-Morgan Stearns
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

18-Rim Yong Hwa; 4-Choe Sol Gyong, 6-Kim Hyang Mi, 12-Jon So Yon, 7-Choe Yun Gyong, 9-Ri Hyang Sim, 15-Choe Chung Bok (capt.), 16-Ri Un Yong, 17-Kim Un Hwa
(11-Kim Phyong Hwa, 74), 10-Ri Un Sim, 19-Ri Kyong Hyang (20-Kim So Hyang, 88)
Subs not used: 1-Jang Yong Sim, 2-Kim Un I, 3-Pak Sun Gyong, 5-Kim Hyang Ran, 8-Choe Hyang Mi, 13-Jo Ryon Hwa, 14-Ri Kum Suk, 21-Jong Un Ha
Head Coach: Hwang Yong Bong

Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 10 / 22
Shots on Goal: 1 / 8
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
PRK – Choe Sol Gyong (caution)  38th minute
PRK – Kim Hyang Mi (caution)     43
PRK – Choe Yun Gyong (caution) 75
USA – Darian Jenkins (caution)    77

Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match:
Darian Jenkins

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