The U.S. U17 WNT finished up the 4-Nations Tournament in San Jose this past week defeating host country Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday, but fell to Japan 4-1 on Sunday.
Still shining from their first victory against Mexico, the U.S. swept the Ticas off their feet with a brace scored by forward Madison Haley and two more goals scored by midfielder Dorian Bailey and forward Mallory Pugh.
The scoreboard flashed with a U.S. goal in no time when Bailey got things rolling with a goal scored off a nice assist from Tegan McGrady.
It was McGrady again for the the second goal assist, crossing to Pugh in the 17th minute to cushion the growing U.S. lead.
They kept up the sensational teamwork, with Haley making the last two goals all within an incredible three minute span. The first came in the 24th minute off a deflected free kick while the second was knocked in just two minutes later off a cross from Ella Stevens.
The two U.S. victories were bittersweet though, as their winning streak was cut short by Japan in the final match, whose youth levels are well known for international success.
It was an aggressive match, for though the Japanese scored numerous times, the U.S. outshot them 14-13. Mallory Pugh supplied the lone U.S. goal in the 28th minute.
-U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Reports-
Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica Date: April 26, 2013 Competition: International Tournament Venue: Alajuela Stadium; San Jose, Costa Rica Weather: 75 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F USA 4 0 4 CRC 0 0 0
USA – Dorian Bailey (Tegan McGrady) 9th minute USA – Mallory Pugh (Tegan McGrady) 17 USA — Madison Haley 24 USA — Madison Haley (Ella Stevens) 26
Lineups: USA: 18-Sabrina Macias; 7-Mia Gyau, 15-Kate Morris, 11-Natalie Jacobs, 14-Tegan McGrady (19-Jacey Pederson, 46); 8-Ella Stevens (3-Michaela Abam, 70), 5-Marley Canales (22-Taylor Racioppi, 70), 4-Dorian Bailey; 20-Kaycie Tillman (2-Bridgette Andrzejewski, 46), 13-Madison Haley (12-Ellie Jean, 70), 17-Mallory Pugh (25-Anika Rodriguez, 46) Substitutions Not Used: 1-Kat Hess, 10-Mia Hoen-Beck, 6-Alana Cook Head coach: BJ Snow
COS: 13-Yuliana Salas, 2-Fernanda M. Sanabria, 15-Yaniela Arias, 4-Paula M. Coto, 6-Paula M. Elizondo; 12-Sofia Varela (20-Jennifer Solis, 80), 10-Gloriana Villalobos, 5-Mariela Campos (22-Indira Aguilar, 85), 8-Priscila Bermudez; 11-Fabiola Villalobos (3-Ariel Barquero,32), 7-Naomi Molina Substitutions Not Used: 1-Maria Pardo, 9-Kenyi Villalobos, 14-Ana Chavez, 16-Laura Araya, 17-Natalia Harley, 18-Abigail Vega, 19-Mariana Mora Head coach: Juan Diego Quesada Samuels
Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Japan Date: April 28, 2013 Competition: 4-Nations International Tournament Venue: Rohemoser Stadium; San Jose, Costa Rica Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F USA 1 0 1 JPN 2 2 4
JPN — Miho Kamogawa 21st minute
JPN — Fuka Kono 27
USA – Mallory Pugh 28
JPN — Hina Sugita 88
JPN — Rikako Kobayashi 91
USA: 18-Sabrina Macias; 12-Ellie Jean, 6-Alana Cook (11-Natalie Jacobs, 28), 3- Michaela Abam, 14-Tegan McGrady; 5-Marley Canales, 4-Dorian Bailey (15-Kate Morris, 69), 22- Taylor Racioppi (10-Mia Hoen-Beck, 76); 20-Kaycie Tillman (7-Mia Gyau, 57), 13-Madison Haley (25-Anika Rodriguez, 64), 17- Mallory Pugh
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Kat Hess, 2-Bridgette Andrzejewski, 8-Ella Stevens, 19-Jacey Pederson
Head coach: BJ Snow
JPN: 1-Erika Fukunaga , 15-Fuka Nagano (19-Wakaho Kanda, 67), 4-Moeka Minami (3-Maho Hashinuma, 72), 6-Nana Ichise, 2-Asato Miyagawa (16-Yo Tachibana, 90+1); 8- Miho Kamogawa,18-Mai Hirata (Mayu Kashihara, 85), 10-Hina Sugita,11-Hikaru Kitagawa (14-Narumi Miura, 46); 7-Rikako Kobayashi, 9-Fuka Kono (17-Rana Okuma, 46)