CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational with a 3-1 victory against Mexico as midfielder Ashley Sanchez scored all three goals. The four-team tournament also features Japan and Canada.
The USA currently sits in second place in the round-robin competition as Japan thrashed Canada 8-0 in the first match of the opening match day.
The tournament continues on Friday, Feb. 13, with the USA facing Canada at 6 p.m. PT, while Mexico meets Japan at 3 p.m. PT. The third and final match day takes place on Sunday, Feb. 15, with the USA taking on Japan at 4 p.m. PT, and Canada meeting Mexico at 1 p.m. PT. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com.
Sanchez registered the third international hat trick of her U-17 career. She previously pounded in three goals in consecutive games against the Korea Republic in Mokpo last fall.
Sanchez opened the scoring in the 14th minute when she beats two defenders along the top of the penalty box and finished high into the left side of the net just out of the goalkeeper’s reach.
It took the SoCal Blues midfielder just two more minutes to double the lead as Kiara Pickett sent a through ball behind the Mexican defense. Sanchez took a touch and then finished to make it 2-0.
Mexico pulled a goal back in the 22nd minute off a direct free kick as Alexia Delgado shot from outside the box on the left side, sending the ball over the U.S. wall and high into the left corner.
Sanchez sealed the match in the 76th minute with a run that originated from the center-circle. She got behind the Mexican defense and finished low and hard into the right corner.
This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cut-off for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.
- U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
MEX 1 0 1
USA - Ashley Sanchez 14th minute
USA - Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett) 16
MEX - Alexia Delgado 22
USA - Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett) 76
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber, 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 9 Kiara Pickett (23-Sydney Zandi, 46), 7-Karlie Paschall (3-Sierra Enge,65), 8 Brianna Pinto,13-Karina Rodriguez, 15-Ashley Sanchez (16-Sophia Smith, 83), 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 17- Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 65), 19-Taryn Torres (5-Jaelin Howell, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 10-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow
Mexico: 1-Miriam Aguirre, 2-Alma Lopez, 3-Kimberly Rodriguez, 4-Akemi Yokoyama, 7- Dayana Cazares, 8-Alexia Delgado, 9-Daniela Espinosa (11-Celiana Torres, 90+1), 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 14-Alexandra Martinez (17-Jimena Lopez, 29), 16-Marianna Maldonado (13-Diana Anguiano,68), 18-Alejandra Zaragoza (19-Karen Becerril, 68)
Subs not use: 5-Dulce Martinez, 6-Vanesa Gonzalez, 12-Paulina Gutierrez, 15-Fernanda Jaramillo, 20-Vannya Garcia
Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 19 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 5
Saves: 4 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle Provan
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez