May 10, 2012
Third hat trick leads US U17 women to 7-0 win
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala ----Summer Green registered her third hat trick of the tournament to lead the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team to a berth in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with a dominant 7-0 victory against Panama in the first semifinal at the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship.
Green broke the previous CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship record of nine goals set by the USA's Lindsey Horan at the 2010 qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. Green now has 12 goals in the competition, the most scored by a U.S. player in a single tournament at any level. She also becomes the first U.S. player ever to score three hat tricks in one tournament, following her five-goal performance against the Bahamas in the first game and her three-goal output against Mexico in the group finale. She has scored in all four matches so far as she also added a single goal against Trinidad & Tobago.
Morgan Stanton opened up the U.S. scoring with a ninth-minute goal.
Greenís record-breaking 10th goal of the tournament came in the 44th minute on a looping shot from the right of the penalty area that dropped into the goal at the upper left corner to give the USA a 2-0 lead. Green added another shortly after in second half stoppage time when Toni Payne raced into the penalty area from the left side and found her open in the middle of the box. Green's shot ricocheted off the left post and crossed the goal line for a 3-0 halftime lead.
The U.S. opened the second half with the same momentum as it closed out the first 45 minutes. In the 50th minute, captain Morgan Andrews stood over a free kick just outside the penalty area to the right. She then smashed her shot on a line past Panama's defensive wall and Chavarria for a 4-0 lead.
Green made it 5-0 and completed her hat trick with an easy tap-in goal in the 54th minute off a cross from Emily Bruder.
Jenkins scored spectacularly in the 66th minute. U.S. center-back Maddie Bauer won a ball and continued up the field before playing a pass into the right side of the penalty area for Jenkins. She cut back into the middle past Panama defender Yomira Sanford and blasted a shot with her left into the net the near right post.
The USA capped off the scoring with a strong individual effort from Bruder in the 77th minute. The powerful forward lost several Panamanian defenders as she dribbled across the penalty area from right to left and buried her chance to complete the scoring.
The USA will meet Canada - a 1-0 winner of the second semifinal against Mexico - for the Confederation championship at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 12, at Estadio Cementos Progresso. Fans can watch the final live on CONCACAF.com and follow the action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
The U.S. has outscored its opponents 25-0 during the tournament with eight different players registering goals.
Following the championship match, the USA will begin to focus on the third FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. This year's tournament will be staged in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13. The USA joins Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria from Africa, China PR, Japan and Korea DPR from Asia (defending championship Korea Republic did not qualify), New Zealand from Oceania and Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay from South America. The 16-team field also includes host Azerbaijan with the remaining two teams from Europe still to be determined.