U.S. U-17 WNT DRAWS 1-1 WITH GERMANY IN FIRST GAME OF NEW WORLD CUP CYCLE
CARSON, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team earned a 1-1 draw with Germany through a late equalizer from forward Kaycie Tillman in what was the first international match of the year for this age group.
It was also the first-ever full international match at the U-17 level for these players as the squad, under new full-time head coach B.J. Snow, begins its run to qualification for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Costa Rica.
The U-17s were playing a team that was a bit older as the American roster consists of players born in 1997 with a few 1998s and the Germans brought a team consisting of players born in 1996 and ‘97. The Germans, who have already played a handful of international matches with this age group, proved to be technical and out-shot the U.S. 13-9 on the match.
The U-17s had an early chance through forward Bridgette Andrzejeski in the 12th minute as she collected a ball at midfield and spun past two defenders before running all the way into the penalty box. Her low shot to the left corner was pushed wide by German goalkeeper Julia Gornovitz.
The Germans had several shots from distance in the first half, with the offensive initiative taken mostly by midfielder Jasmin Sehan, but few troubled U.S. goalkeeper Kate Hess.
The U-17s caught a bit of an attacking rhythm towards the end of the first half, but couldn’t create a goal. The Americans came closest in stoppage time of the first half as Taylor Racioppi got behind the German defense, but her shot to the lower left corner was stabbed with a diving save from Gornovitz.
The Americans had the first chance of the second half in the 51st minute as forward Jennifer Westendorf fired a shot from the right side of the penalty area that was saved by Gornovitz. Halftime substitute Katie Pingel had a chance to smash in the rebound from close range, but the ball was tackled away from behind for a corner kick before she could get a piece of the ball.
The aggressive and hard-working Germans opened the scoring in the 55th minute off a cross from the left wing. The U.S. defense failed to clear the service and the opportunistic Alina Ortega Jurado, of Spanish decent, bounced her angled shot into the lower right corner from six yards out.
Hess came up big in the 87th minute, making a one-one-one stop on Jurado to keep the U.S. within one goal, and that turned out to be a huge play when Tillman equalized one minute later.
The goal came as Pingel threaded a pass up the middle to Tillman at the top of the penalty area and she battled her way through a tackle. The ball popped free into the penalty area and she slotted home from 15 yards out into the left corner.
The two teams will meet again on Friday, Feb. 1, at The Home Depot Center with a kickoff set for 2 p.m. PT.
Match: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT
Date: January 29, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Weather: 59 degrees, sunny, breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
GER 1 0 1
GER - Alina Ortega Jurado 55th minute
USA - Kacie Tillman (Katie Pingel) 88
USA: 18-Kate Hess; 7-Ellie Jean, 20-Alana Cook (capt.), 9-Michaela Abam, 8-Tegan McGrady; 5-Mia Gyau (12-Katie Pingel, 46), 23-Taylor Racioppi (10-Jayce Pederson, 74), 17-Marley Canales (13-Peyton Perea, 62), 14-Anika Rodriguez (4-Courtney Corrin, 62), 16-Jennifer Westendorf (3-Kate Morris, 62), 2-Bridgette Andrzejeski (19-Kacie Tillman, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Samantha Leshnak, 6-Amanda Visco, 11-Courtney Petersen, 15-Ella Stevens, 21-Grace Hancock, 22-Mary-Alice Vignola, 22-Ainsly Wolfinbarger, 24-Jaelyn Cunningham, 25-Danielle Marcano
Head Coach: B.J. Snow
GER: 1-Julia Gornovitz; 3-Lisa Karl, 5-Johanna Tietge (capt.), 4-Michaela Brandenburg (20-Michaela Specht, 46) 14-Felicitas Rauch (2-Ricarda Walking, 46); 18-Saskia Meir (6-Saskia Matheis, 46), 8-Rieke Dickmann (16-Anna-Sophie Fliege, 70), 11-Madeline Gier (17-Lara Junge, 70), 9-Pauline Bremer; 10-Jasmin Sehan (19-Alina Ortega Jurado, 46), 15-Elisabeth Mayr (15-Kathrin Becker, 46)
Subs Not Used: 3-Michelle Ulbrich, 5-Lisa Eiberger, 7-Nina Ehegotz, 12-Manon Klett, 13-Melissa Friedrich
Head Coach: Anouschka Bernhard
Stats Summary: USA / GERMANY
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 5 / 8
Saves: 7 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 5 / 4
Offside: 6 / 1
Referee: Magic Berenji (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Reyna Fonseca (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adrian Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Shawn Danbelli (USA)