November 22, 2008
U.S. U-20 women blank Argentina
CHILLAN, Chile– The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team earned a decisive 3-0 win against Argentina in the second game of Group B at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. The win gives the U.S. six points through two games and assures the team a place in the quarterfinal round.
Becky Edwards scored the game-winner in the 11th minute and Alex Morgan added a pair of second half goals, her second and third in two games, for the 3-0 final. The U.S. now has six points and with their 2-0 win over China, France is currently second in the group with three while China and Argentina each have one point.
Three players earned their first start of the tournament against Argentina as Christine Nairn, Elli Reed and Sydney Leroux all got the nod from U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco. All three players picked up assists in the match and, for Leroux, it was her second assist and sixth point in two games.
In the 11th minute, the Morgan took a long throw and it was played back to her. She drove in a low cross to Sydney Leroux, who laid the ball off for an on-rushing Edwards struck a one-time shot that hit just inside the far post to put the U.S. on the board.
The U.S. doubled its lead in the 53rd minute. Meghan Klingenberg played a free kick square across the field to Reed on the right wing and she lifted her ball across the box to Morgan. Virtually alone just inside the box, Morgan brought the ball down and calmly tapped the ball past Guadalupe Calello with the outside of her left foot.
Less than two minutes later, Ingrid Wells was chasing down a loose ball in the box when she was chopped down by Calello. The referee immediately pointed to the spot and Edwards stepped up looking for her second of the day, but her kick from the spot went wide.
Both teams created chances as the game wore on, with Argentina’s best coming early in the second half.
Vanesa Santana hit a long-range blast on target, but Alyssa Naeher calmly reached up to tip it over the bar. Minutes later, a dangerous ball in the box bounced over to Potassa, who hit a half volley hard and on target from close range, but Naeher was able to react and once again tip the ball over the crossbar.
That would be as close as Argentina would get against the U.S., who added an insurance goal in the 90th minute. A long ball from near midfield got over Argentina’s defensive line and Morgan was again in alone on Calello. This time the Argentine ‘keeper got off her line quickly, but the composed Morgan touched it by her and into the open net.