November 16, 2008
Kristie Mewis gets Bronze Ball
AUCKLAND, New Zealand ---The U.S. picked up several individual tournament awards at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Womenís World Cup.
Massapequa, NY native, Vicky DiMartino who scoted a goal in each game leading up the final, won the Silver Boot as the tournamentís second leading scorer with five total goals, behind only Germanyís Dzsenifer Marozsan who had six. DiMartino, who plays for the Albertson Fury became the first player in U.S. soccer history to score in five consecutive games in a World Cup.
Kristie Mewis, of Hanson, Mass. won the Bronze Ball as the tournamentís third best player behind Marozsan and Japanís Mana Iwabuchi.
Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, of South Elgin, IL, played every minute for the USA in nets and was awarded Golden Glove Award as the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
Courtney Verloo, who tied Jon Myong Hwa for third in scoring in the tournament with four goals and one assist each, just missed out on the Bronze Boot as she played two more minutes than Jon over the course of the tournament which was the tie-breaker for the award.