Aug. 31, 2012
UCLA sophomores Sarah Killion and Samantha Mewis helped lead the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team to a 2-1 overtime victory over a strong Olympian-heavy Korea DPR squad on Friday. The victory sent the U.S. into the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup semifinals, which will take place on Sept. 4.
Forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. in the 98th minute, while midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo opened the scoring with a spectacular long-distance strike seven minutes into the second half.
Killion started and played the entire match for the U.S. Mewis came in as a sub in the 60th minute and had a strong match.
"I am so proud of my team," Mewis said. "We've talked this whole time about taking this all the way and the true character of teams comes out when the going gets tough. We showed our true character tonight. It was hard. North Korea was an awesome team and we had to play around their strengths and to our strengths and I felt we were very prepared for the game."
The Korean team featured 10 players from its 2012 Olympic squad, including seven who played against the full U.S. Women's National Team in London during a 1-0 U.S. group play victory. Forward Kim Un Hwa, who had come into the game as the tournament's leading scorer with seven goals, was shut out by the U.S. defense Friday.
The U.S. victory sets up a semifinal clash with Nigeria, the team that defeated the USA on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The match from Tokyo's National Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with coverage starting at 2:50am ET (11:50pm PT on Monday). Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
Germany will face host Japan in the other semifinal which kicks off at the National Stadium at 6:30am ET.
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report
Match: United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: Aug. 31, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Quarterfinal
Venue: Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan
Kickoff: 6:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)
Weather: 81 degrees, hot and humid
USA - Vanessa DiBernardo (unassisted), 52nd minute
PRK - Kim Su Gyong (Kim Un Hwa), 75
USA - Chioma Ubagagu (Crystal Dunn), 98
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (15-Kassey Kallman, 108), 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai, 20-Kelly Cobb (13-Samantha Mewis, 61), 5-Maya Hayes (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 71)
PRK: 18-O Chang Ran; 2-Kim Nam Hui, 5-Yun Song Mi, 14-Pong Son Hwa, 15-Ri Nam Sil; 8-Jon Myong Hwa, 12-Kim Un Hyang, 13-O Hui Sun (capt.), 19-Yu Jong Im (20-Kim Su Gyong, 56); 10-Yun Hyon Hi, 11-Kim Un Hwa (17-Kwon Song Hwa, 78; 3-Ri Yong Mi, 105)
Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 4
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 9 / 7
Fouls: 14 / 12
Offside: 1 / 8
Information courtesy U.S. Soccer