Sept. 4, 2012
UCLA sophomores Samantha Mewis and Sarah Killion helped lead the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in the semifinals of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Tuesday, sending the Americans into Saturday's final against Germany.
Just minutes after entering the game as a sub, Mewis made an immediate impact, recording an assist on the United States' second goal, scored by Kealia Ohai in the 70th minute. Mewis worked the ball to Ohai, who shot to the left side of the net past Nigeria goalkeeper Ibubeleye White for the score. Killion started and played the full 90 minutes for the U.S.
"Sam Mewis has given us a big lift every time she's come in in this tournament," said U.S. head coach Steve Swanson. "She's an experienced player and has been here before. I thought she did exactly what we needed her to do. Obviously, it was a physical game and it was hot and players were a little tired so I think that was a substitution we needed, for someone to come in and give us a lift and I thought she did that in the midfield. She can hold the ball quite well and she won some air balls and some tackles for us, but she's been doing that all tournament."
The game-winning goal was scored by Morgan Brian in the 22nd minute.
The U.S. will face defending champion Germany in the title match on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Tokyo National Stadium. Live coverage begins at 3:20 a.m. PT on ESPNU and ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on MatchTracker at ussoccer.com and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
The U.S. has won the tournament twice, defeating Canada to win the 2002 crown when it was a U-19 event, and most recently defeating Korea DPR 2-1 in the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup.
United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Semifinal
Venue: Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan
Kickoff: 3 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Weather: 86 degrees, hot and humid
USA - Morgan Brian (Mollie Pathman), 22nd minute
USA - Kealia Ohai (Samantha Mewis), 70
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16- Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo, 6-Morgan Brian (14-Mandy Laddish, 83); 7-Kealia Ohai, 20-Kelly Cobb (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46), 5-Maya Hayes (13- Samantha Mewis, 66)
NGA: 1-Ibubeleye Whyte; 3-Gloria Ofoegbu (capt.), 4-Ugo Njoku, 13-Fasilat Adeyemo, 15-Josephine Chukwunonye; 5-Cecilia Nku (18-Charity Adule, 68), 10-Ngozi Okobi, 14-Asisat Oshoala (6-Jennifer Osawaru, 79); 7-Esther Sunday, 9-Desire Oparanozie (8-Ebere Orji, 72), 17-Francisca Ordega
Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 7 / 6
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 2 / 2