LA MANGA, Spain (Feb. 29, 2012) – The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team fell to England 2-1 in its second match at the Four Nations Tournament. Forward Stephanie Ochs scored the USA’s lone goal in the 59th minute, but the Americans could not find an equalizer over the last third of the match.
England got on the board early as Toni Duggan struck a 40-yard chip shot that managed to fall just out of the reach of U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch in the 10th minute.
England struck for their second goal early in the second half after drawing a foul about 45 yards from the U.S. goal. On the ensuing free kick, Gemma Bonner was able to get her head on the serve and drive it past Franch.
Although the U.S. controlled play during second half – the Americans had a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks for the game – only one goal came. The USA earned a free kick from the left side near the end line and defender Lauren Barnes drove her service across the face of the goal, where leaping midfielder Amber Brooks got on the end of the cross. She sent the ball back across the England goal, where an opportune Stephanie Ochs beat one England defender to bury her shot to the right of the England ‘keeper.
Next up for the USA is its final game of the tournament against the Norway U-23 Women’s National Team on March 1. The USA defeated Sweden 2-0 on Feb. 26 in its first game of the competition.
-- U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Match Report --
Match: U.S. U-23 WNT vs. England U-23 WNT
Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga, Spain
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
ENG 1 1 2
ENG – Toni Duggen 10th minute
ENG – Gemma Bonner (Laura Coombs) 54
USA – Stephanie Ochs (Amber Brooks) 59
USA: 18-Adrianna Franch; 2-Elli Reed (23-Kika Toulouse, 46), 4-Natasha Anasi, 5-Toni Pressley, 3-Lauren Barnes; 6-Camille Levin, 13-Zakiya Bywaters, 22-Amber Brooks; 8-Morgan Marlborough (12-Taylor Lytle, 76), 11-Stephanie Ochs (21-DiMartino, 76), 15-Lindsey Taylor (14-Sinnead Farrelly, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Bianca Henninger (Injured); 9-Bianca D’Agostino; 17-Jazmin Hall
Head Coach: Randy Waldrum
ENG: 1-Ashley Baker; 2-Remi Allen; 3-Gemma Bonner; 4-Brooke Chaplen (17-Lucy Staniforth, 88); 6-Naomi Cole (12-Grace McCatty, 75); 7-Laura Coombs; 8-Toni Duggan; 11-Jessica Holbrook (10-Michelle Hinnigan, 67); 14-Jordan Nobbs; 15-Chelsea Weston; 18-Jemma Rose
Subs Not Used: 5-Isobel Christiansen; 9-Kerys Harrop; 13-Lauren Davey; 16-Sophie Walton
Head Coach: Brent Hills
Stats Summary: USA / ENGLAND
Shots: 3 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 5 / 4
USA – Lauren Barnes (caution) 52th minute