MOKPO, Korea Republic (Aug. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rolled past their counterparts from the Korea Republic with a 4-1 victory in which all five goals came in the first half. The USA was led by a hat trick from midfielder Ashley Sanchez who scored three goals in a 20-minute span.
Alexa Spaanstra opened the scored in the 12th minute after she received a ball at the top of the box from Rachel Jones, who sent a square pass in from the left wing. Spaanstra lost a defender to her left and fired a shot that hit the crossbar near the upper left corner and bounced back to hit the Korean goalkeeper in the back of the head before rebounding into the goal.
The USA went up 2-0 in the 25th minute when Taryn Torres played a pass to the left wing to Jones, who slid in a cross on the ground for Sanchez to finish sharply first-time into the lower left corner.
The Koreans pulled a goal back in the 30th minute through Gwon Huiseon, who sent a nice chip into the right side of the U.S. net from a sharp angle on the left, but the Americans would score twice more before the break.
Sanchez got her second in the 37th when she got behind the Korean defense in the right side of the penalty area and lifted the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper to make it 3-1.
Sanchez completed her hat trick with a nice bit of magic in the midfield, nutmegging a defender before running at goal and firing a shot from 23 yards that plowed into the net at the upper left corner.
This was the first international match for many players at the U-17 level and the two teams will play against on Sept. 3. The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s with three born in 2000.
- U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Match Report -
Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: August 31, 2013
Venue: Mokpo International Football Center; Mokpo, South Korea
Weather: 73 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 0 4
KOR 1 0 1
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Rachel Jones) 25
KOR – Gwon Huiseon 30
USA – Ashley Sanchez 37
USA – Ashley Sanchez 45
USA: 12-Brooke Bollinger; 7-Kiara Pickett, 5-Brooke Redington (16-Tara McKeown, 46), 10-Karina Rodriguez, 21-Sydney Zandi (8-Izzy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Jaelin Howell (3-Rachael Dorwart, 70), 19-Taryn Torres (capt.), 11-Ashley Sanchez (20-Kali Trevithick, 70); 17-Alexa Spaanstra, 14-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 61), 9-Joanna Harber (15-Civanna Kuhlmann, 46)
Subs note used: 1-Hillary Beall, 4-Tess Boade, 2-Kerry Abello
Head Coach: BJ Snow
KOR: 21-Kang Hyerim; 3-Kong Dayeon, 4-Jung Seonguen (19-Yang Hyeonji, 45), 6-Lim Subin, 7-Yang Hyeonji (13-Park Mideum, 58), 8-Park Hyejeong, 9-Gwon Huiseon, 12-Park Hayan, 14-Kim Hyunjeong (10-Baek Yurim, 32), (15-Eom Keun Byeol, 58), 23-Oh Jinju (17-Kim Chaewon, 68), 22-Song Boram, (16-Ju Hyemi, 73)
Subs notes: 1-Jeon Minyeong, 2-Yoon Hyein, 5-Kim Damin, 11-Im Sojeong, 18-Bang Mirae, 20-Koo Chaehyeon
Head Coach: Ha Keumjin
Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 11 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 2
USA -- Ashely Sanchez (caution) 43rd minute