July 18, 2008
U-23 WNT notches second Nordic Cup shutout
BORLANGE, Sweden -- The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team notched their second straight shutout of the Nordic Cup on Thursday, routing England 3-0 on goals by India Trotter, Kiki Bosio and Brittany Klein. They lead Group B with six points and a +4 goal differential.
The USA now need a win or a tie against Norway, who also are undefeated in the tournament, on July 19 to win the group and earn a berth in their 12th straight Nordic Cup title game.
Trotter, who earned Player of the Match honors and was just named as an alternate on the Women’s Olympic Team replacing Lauren Cheney, scored in the 37th minute after Meghan Schnur played a great bending ball around the defense from the left side at about midfield. Trotter got on the end of it and beat a defender to go one-on-one with the ‘keeper before slotting her shot into the right corner.
The USA doubled their lead just two minutes into the second half, after a corner kick. Tina DiMartino picked off England’s clearing attempt and sent a pass across the left side of the penalty area to Bosio, who first-timed her shot into the back of the net.
Klein iced the win in the 79th minute, with her second goal of the tournament. Katie Larkin created the score with a great move down the left sideline before passing to Kerri Hanks in the middle. Harkin drew a defender and played it off to Klein, who took a touch and blasted the ball in the left corner of the goal.
"We played well today,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin. “We executed the plan that we worked on. We knew we could exploit them with our speed, and that’s how India got our first goal. In the second half, we made some adjustments and took control of the game.”
The U.S. backline of Schnur, Becky Sauerbrunn, Nikki Krzysik and Katherine Reynolds helped hold England to just two shots on goal. U.S. goalkeeper Val Henderson picked up her second straight shutout.
In the Group A games, Germany pounded Scotland, 5-0, while Sweden downed Finland, 2-1. Sweden and Germany meet on July 19 with the Germans needing just a tie to win the group and advance to the championship game while Sweden needs a victory.