April 6, 2004
Courtesy of U.S. Soccer
CARSON, Calif. -UCLA's Stacy Lindstrom and Bristyn Davis helped the U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands, 2-0, in its first match of the 2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational at the Home Depot Center Tuesday. The USA got a goal in the 3rd minute from Kerri Hanks then added a clincher in the 79th, to record the win over a tough and organized Dutch side.
The USA got on the scoreboard just 155 seconds into the match as Alexa Orand sprinted with the ball down the left sideline and crossed into the penalty area. Hanks collected it calmly with her back to the goal, spun around as she beat a defender and then struck a left-footed shot into the upper corner from 16 yards out. For Hanks, a member of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Championship Team, it was the 12th U-19 goal of her career.
The USA dominated possession for most of the match as the back line, marshaled by co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn, allowed the Dutch just two shots on the night, neither dangerous. U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris picked up the shutout as she improved her full international record to 18-2-1.
Playing in a 4-5-1 formation, the USA got good flank play from Orand, the only high school sophomore on the team, and Julia Schnugg, while Sheree Gray created some danger from the attacking midfielder position. Hanks served as the lone striker in the first half, and Bristyn Davis filled that role in the second. Yael Averbuch and Jen Redmond also played well as dual holding midfielders for the USA.
Second half substitute Carrie Schmitt, who came on for Redmond, almost scored just six minutes after entering the match, hitting the right post from a stiff angle with her shot in the right side of the penalty area after winning a bouncing ball and dribbling around Dutch goalkeeper Loes Geurts.
The USA scored its second goal after 66th minute substitute Chioma Igwe, who was playing in her first full U-19 international, sprung Orand down the right flank with a fine pass. Orand then hit a "shot-cross" that flew over Guerts, hit inside of the right post and bounced into the goal. It was Orand's second international goal at the U-19 level.
The match marked the first age-group international for the USA U-19s this year as they continue preparations for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship that will be held in Thailand in November. The USA will travel to Canada from May 28-June 6, 2004, in an attempt to earn one of this region's two berths to Thailand.
The USA played without consistent starters Angela Woznuk, who had school commitments, defender Stephanie Lopez, who arrived in camp yesterday, and forward Megan Rapinoe, who got the night off.
The USA faces Japan, a 2-1 winner over regional rival China in the afternoon's first game, on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Home Depot Center as the Philips Lightning U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational continues. China will face the Netherlands at 4 p.m.
USA - Kerri Hanks (Alexa Orand) 3rd minute.
USA - Alexa Orand (Chioma Igwe) 79.
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 4-Jen Buczkowski, 11-Becky Sauerbrunn, 20-Stacy Lindstrom (12-Nikki Krzysik, 46), 3-Rachel Buehler; 23-Yael Averbuch, 17-Jen Redmond (14-Carrie Schmit, 46), 16-Alexa Orand, 21-Julia Schnugg, 5-Sheree Gray (19-Chioma Igwe, 66), 9-Kerri Hanks (7-Bristyn Davis, 46).
Subs not used: 8-Stephanie Logterman, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 24-Kelsey Davis.
Head Coach: Mark Krikorian
NED: 1-Loes Guerts, 2-Merel Snoeck (12-Shary Bakker, 46), 3-Laura Van Leeuwen (18-Jeanine van Dalen, 46), 5-Petra Hogewoning, 6-Renee de Vries (17-Marije Brummel, 75), 7-Manon Melis, 8-Janneke Bijl (15-Kristen van den Berg, 84), 9-Anouk Dekker (19-Lisanne Vermeullen, 46), 10-Kirsten van de Ven (14-Marjan Brouwer, 66), 11-Sylvia Smit, 13-Christa Stuart.
Subs Not Used: 16-Nadja Olthuis.
Head Coach: Corn? Groenendijk
Statistical Summary: USA/NED Shots: 13/2 Shots on Goal: 4/2 Saves: 2/2 Corner Kicks: 3/1 Fouls: 8/15 Offside: 7/0