U.S. Under 20s Tie China, 1-1 in Hiroshima

Aug. 23, 2012

Story courtesy of U.S. Soccer

HIROSHIMA, Japan - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team dominated China PR in almost all aspects during their Group D match of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup but only came away with one point in a 1-1 draw on Thursday at Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium.

The USA inched a bit closer to a quarterfinal berth with the draw and now sits in second place in Group D with four points. Germany defeated Ghana 1-0 in the first match of the evening to take the lead in the group with six points and clinch a quarterfinal berth. China (1 point) sits in third place while Ghana was eliminated after losing their second straight match.

The USA can advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a draw against Germany in their final Group D match on Monday, Aug. 27, at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, Japan. The match, which features the event's only two-time champions in the USA (2002 U-19 and 2008 U-20 titles) and Germany (2004 U-19 and 2010 U-20 crowns), will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 starting at 2:50 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

China PR didn't threaten the U.S. goal for the first 18 minutes of the match, but Shen Lili buried the team's first opportunity to take an early 1-0 lead. Lili received a cross from Han Jiayuan and buried her 19th-minute strike into the upper left corner past a helpless Bryane Heaberlin.

The U.S., which outshot China 17-3, created several chances from the left side and finally equalized in the 36th minute when Kealia Ohai got past her defender and from the end line dished to Hayes, who put a right-footed touch on the ball past China PR goalkeeper Shen Li. The goal was Hayes' fourth of the tournament and her 16th international tally.

The USA nearly found the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute off of Vanessa DiBernardo's corner kick, but U.S. captain Julie Johnston's shot hit the right post and China defender Liu Shanshan cleared the ball near the goal line.

- U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. China
Date: Aug. 23, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Group D
Venue: Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Kickoff: 6 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 3,559
Weather: 84 degrees, hot and humid

Scoring Summary:
CHN - Shen Lili (Han Jiayuan) 19
USA - Maya Hayes (Kealia Ohai) 36

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; 7-Kealia Ohai (12-Katie Stengel, 65), 5-Maya Hayes (11-Becca Wann, 86), 20-Kelly Cobb (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Subs not used: 13-Samantha Mewis, 14-Mandy Laddish, 15-Kassey Kallman, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

CHN: 1-Shen Li; 2-Wu Haiyan, 4-Luo Guiping, 5-Liu Shanshan, 6-Huang Yini, 17-Lin Yuping, 7-Zhang Xin (16-Zhao Xindi, 55), 10-Song Sicheng (capt.), 13-Han Jiayuan (9-Li Ying, 82), 8-Zhang Jieli, 20-Shen Lili
Subs not used: 3-Wang Yingying, 11-Yao Shuangyan, 12-Cai Wenfei, 14-Su Xin, 15-Wang Tingting, 17-Lin Yuping, 18-Wang Shuang, 19-Mu Yunrui, 21-Xia Tingting
Head Coach: Yin Tiesheng

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 17 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves: 1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 1 / 12
Offside: 4 / 4

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