January 14, 2014
TOPS IN THEIR GROUP
U.S. U-20 women romp over Guatemala
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands --- McKenzie Meehan scored three goals to lead the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team to a 10-0 win over Guatemala, earning the top spot in Group A at the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship on Monday.
The USA will face either Mexico or Trinidad in the semifinals, which kick off Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. The winner of the two semifinal matches and the third-place match on Jan. 19 qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.
U-20 WNT debutant Mallory Weber scored two second-half goals after coming on as a sub for Savannah Jordan, who scored the USA's final goal of the first half on a penalty kick.
Stephanie Amack, Brittany Basinger, Rachel Hill and Margaret Purce also tallied goals for the USA, with Hill also contributing four assists as she pulled the strings from the attacking midfield spot for a relentless American attack.
Guatemala did not record a shot in the match as Jane Campbell, making her first start of the tournament in goal for the USA kept the team's third straight clean sheet.
Meehan opened the scoring in the eighth minute. A corner kick from Morgan Andrews pinged around the Guatemala penalty area before falling to Hill, who chipped the ball to the far post where Meehan put a one-time half-volley past goalkeeper Yoselin Franco.
In the 22nd minute, Andrews served a solid corner kick into the heart of the Guatemala box where Amack rose to head home her first goal of the tournament.
A minute past the half-hour mark, Hill hit a shot from the top of the box on goal, but Franco spilled a rebound into the path of a crashing Basinger, who slotted her shot home with her left foot from a tight angle on the left side. The first international goal for the left back put the USA up 3-0.
Purce set up the final goal of the half with a slaloming run through the Guatemala defense, before she was brought down in the box by Celeste Gatica in the 38th minute. Jordan ripped the ensuing penalty kick into the right upper corner of the net to give the Americans a 4-0 lead at the break.
Three minutes into the second half, Liedle was hauled down on a corner kick and Hill buried the second PK of the game in the 48th minute for her first international goal and a 5-0 USA lead.
Six minutes later, Purce dashed into the Guatemala box to steal a back pass off Franco's feet. Before the goalkeeper could recover, Purce swiveled and rolled home her first U-20 international goal, and in doing so, became the 60th different all-time U.S. goal scorer at the tournament.
Meehan made it 7-0 in the 57th minute, taking a feed from Weber and picking out the top shelf of Franco's net.
Weber bagged the next two goals on finishes off feeds from Hill and Meehan in the 61st and 67th minutes, respectively.
Meehan capped the scoring in the 74th minute after a square ball into the box from Hill helped give the striker her hat trick.