The U.S. U20 WNT ran away with their first match of the CONCACAF Women’s U20 Championship, defeating Costa Rica 6-0 tonight in George Town, Cayman Islands.
Forward Lindsey Horan stole the show, scoring four goals- a hat trick in the first half and the final one to close out the match, while two second half goals were scored by forwards Summer Green and Savannah Jordan.
The U.S. dominated from start to finish in the first half keeping the ball in their control and continuously bombarding the Costa Rican back line. The opportunities to score opened up with three steady shots that just went wide of the goal. In the 12th minute, a corner kick was issued to the U.S. and Horan was waiting in the box, jumping to connect with the highflier via header, sending it straight into the net for the 1-0 opener.
But, Horan was only getting started.
Just 12 minuets later the U.S. got possession once again, and forward Makenzy Doniak sprinted down the right side on a breakaway. She crossed the ball beautifully in front of the goal, and Horan was there to bump it in for the 2-0 lead.
Costa Rica fought back aggressively, managing to snatch the ball and race it down into the U.S. side, but defense was just too strong. In the 41st minute a Costa Rican player streaked towards the goal with the ball, but goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland charged at her, resulting in a nasty collision that saw Rowland receiving a yellow card and Costa Rica a penalty kick. But it wouldn’t pan out for the Costa Ricans, as the shot just missed the left post.
With a few minutes remaining on the clock, Horan pulled out one final first half goal to cement a hat trick. Andrews lobbed the ball over Costa Rican defense and Horan met it with her chest before flicking it right into the back of the net for the 3-0 U.S. lead.
The second half ensued as a scenario similar to the first half began to play out. The U.S. kept the ball close in their clutches, playing with power and organization to thwart the determined Costa Ricans, who kept attacking diligently despite the circumstances.
In the 55th minute Green was subbed in for Doniak, and she announced her arrival by scoring the fourth U.S. goal. Horan crossed into the right side of the box and Green drove a tricky low shot into the right corner from 10 yards out.
Green added extra fire to the U.S. side, becoming increasingly dangerous on the pitch. In the 81st minute she fought off defenders on the right side and quickly crossed to Jordan in the box. The speedy forward charged the ball towards goal and volleyed it in for the fifth U.S. goal.
But the final goal of the game was the most special one of all, and it was put away by no other than the talented Horan. Green executed the clever build up, passing down the right flank to Jordan, who flicked the ball across to the far post. Horan saw her chance and jumped, heading the ball into the net to end the game 6-0 and tying the record for most goals scored in a Concacaf women’s U20 match.
The U.S. will take on Jamaica next on Jan. 11 in Group A play. Tune into GotSoccer for a full match report.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
CRC 0 0 0
USA – Lindsey Horan (Andi Sullivan) 13th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (Makenzy Doniak) 24
USA – Lindsey Horan (Morgan Andrews) 45+2
USA – Summer Green (Lindsey Horan) 61
USA – Savannah Jordan (Summer Green) 81
USA – Lindsey Horan (Savannah Jordan) 86
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 19-Andi Sullivan, 2-Maddie Bauer (14-Rachel Hill, 46), 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Baysinger; 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 7-Morgan Andrews, 17-Rose Lavelle (16-Stephanie Amack, 70); 6-Mackenzy Doniak (5-Summer Green, 55), 9-Lindsey Horan, 13-Savannah Jordan
Subs Not Used: 8-Lauren Kaskie, 10-Laura Liedle, 11-McKenzie Meehan, 12-Mallory Weber, 15-Margaret Purce, 18-Jane Campbell.
Head Coach: Michelle French
CRC: 13-Mariela Vasquez; 3-Noelle Sanz, 2-Yesmi Rodriguez, 5-Paula Coto, 8-Mariana Benavidez Arguedas (capt.); 7-Melissa Herrera, 4-Viviana Chinchilla; 14-Raquel Matarrita (12-Kimberly Lazaro, 57), 20-Krista Chavarria Hernandez (11-Katheryn Arroyo, 76), 10-Gloriana Villalobos Vega, 9-Michelle Montero (15-Nicole Pamela Araya Munoz, 45+1)
Subs Not Used: 1-Noelia Bermudez, 6-Michelle Rodriguez, 16-Maria Brenes, 17-Jazmin Elizondo, 18-Mauren Arroyo, 19-Lauren Alpizar Mora
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian Derdjian
Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 25 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 13 / 9
Offside: 3 / 0
USA – Katelyn Rowland (caution) 40th minute
CRC – Melissa Herrera (caution) 65