September 25, 2012
SUMMER STARS IN AUTUMN
Hat-trick powers U.S. win at U-17 Women's World Cup
BAKU, Azerbaijan Ė The United States scored five second-half goals and recorded a 6-0 victory over Gambia in its second match of the FIFA U-17 Womenís World Cup at Dalga Arena on Tuesday.
Summer Green recorded a hat trick and Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton and Toni Payne each added a goal as the Americans set up a crucial Group B finale against Korea DPR on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Group B leader North Korea and France played to a 1-1 draw. North Korea (1-0-1) leads the group with four points and a plus-11 goal differential. The U.S. (1-0-1) also has four points, but sits at plus-6 in goal differential and needs to win its next game to win the group. Third-place France (0-0-2) is still in the mix with two points.
The top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinal stage. The Americans could advance with a draw against the Koreans, combined by a France draw or loss to Gambia in its final group match.
The U.S.'s encounter with North Korea takes place at Bayil Stadium in Baku at 8 a.m. ET Saturday. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.comís MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
On Tuesday, Green started the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 25th minute. Left back Brittany Basinger was tackled in the box as she hit her cross and referee Etsuko Fukano awarded the penalty.
A sluggish offensive first half was followed by a goal from Munerlyn at the near left post just 35 seconds into the second half off of a Darian Jenkins assist to push the lead to 2-0.
Green was awarded her second goal of the match in the 61st minute as she struck the ball from the right side and it deflected off of Gambia captain defender Amy Jaju. Jenkins registered her second assist as she set up Greenís third goal in the 71st minute.
Morgan Stanton contributed her first international goal in the 83rd minute and Toni Payne capped off the scoring in the 86th minute, capitalizing on a superb long-distance pass from Brittany Basinger.