The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team recorded its second straight lopsided victory at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship, routing Guatemala by a 7-0 score in rainy conditions at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Forward Zoe Redei made an impressive U-17 WNT debut, scoring the USA's first four goals. Midfielder Dorian Bailey and defender Gabriella Carreiro converted penalty kicks late in the game while forward Kelcie Hedge added a goal in second-half stoppage time.
With the victory, the U.S. clinched first or second in Group B and a spot in the semifinals. In the other Group B match, Canada defeated Trinidad & Tobago 11-0, putting Canada atop Group B on goal differential. The results means the USA needs to defeat Canada in its final first round match on Monday, Nov. 4 to win the group.
"I was pleased with their aggression and mentality and focus to execute the game plan," said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow. " We started eight new players in this game and they went through all the emotions that our players in the first game when through. ... I think all things considered, we grew up as a team tonight, we got the result that we wanted, we got the chance to play in the semifinal, which was ultimately our goal, and we still have the opportunity to win our group in the next game. We'll enjoy this game tonight and get ready for Canada tomorrow."
The top two finishers in each group will cross over with the first-place team in Group A playing second in Group B and vice-versa. The semifinal winners on Thursday, Nov. 7, earn CONCACAF's two berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup being held next March in Costa Rica.
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U.S. head coach B.J. Snow made eight changes to the starting lineup that opened the tournament with an 8-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 31 and the USA now has 11 different goal scorers in the competition, meaning more than half the roster has gotten on the score sheet.
Like against Trinidad & Tobago in the USA's opening match, the young Americans started a bit tentatively, and Guatemala packed its defensive third with players for the entire match, giving the Americans little space in the attacking third. Guatemala did launch several dangerous looking counter-attacks early on, but center-backs Taylor Otto and Natalie Jacobs ran everything down.
After the USA settled into the game a bit, Redei opened the scoring in the 21st minute and would later become the first U.S. Women's National Team player to score four times in her first cap. The goal came off a great individual effort after she received the ball from 14-year-old Frankie Tagliaferri on the left sideline. Redei sped past two Guatemala defenders, cut the ball inside to her right foot and shot from just outside the box, powering her low drive just inside the left post past a diving Guatemala goalkeeper Angie Hidalgo.
In the 32nd minute, a miscommunication between a defender and Hidalgo led to Redei's second tally. Hidalgo took a poor goal kick, the ball was played back toward her, but Redei intercepted as the goalkeeper plowed over her own defender and the U.S. striker finished into the open net for the 2-0 lead.
Redei completed her hat trick in the 36th minute when a corner kick from the left bounced off Otto in the middle of the box. The deflected the ball toward Redei, who had her back to the goal with Guatemala's Isabella Salas loosely defending her. Redei brought the ball to her left to elude Salas and fired a shot into left side of the net take make the lead 3-0 heading into halftime.
Early in the second half, Redei scored her fourth after Hidalgo botched what appeared to be a relatively simple opportunity to fall on the ball at the edge of the six-yard box. When the rolling ball got past Hidalgo, Redei capitalized again with an open-net goal in the 49th minute.
Bailey and Carreiro each drew a foul in the box during the final 10 minutes of regulation, and they both converted their penalty kicks in the 84th and 89th minutes, respectively, to push the lead to 6-0. Bailey's score was her first of the tournament and the third in her U-17 WNT career. Carreiro's goal was her first U-17 international score as she was also making her international debut.
The final goal came about 20 seconds into stoppage time as Hedge launched a dipping shot from distance that Hidalgo scrambled back to her line to deflect. The Guatemala goalkeeper batted the ball up in the air and behind her, but the assistant referee ruled that the ball had fully crossed the line and Hedge was awarded her first goal of the tournament and second of her U-17 career.
Guatemala's best scoring chance came early on in the match when Aisha Solòrzano hustled to create the first shot of the game - and the first of the tournament against the U.S. defense -- in just the second minute. Otto broke up the attack, which gave up a Guatemala corner kick, and it was a totally dominant effort for the U.S. from that point on.
U.S. head coach B.J. Snow rested six starters who did not see action including players who scored four of the eight goals against T&T.
The age cut-off for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Twelve of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1997, six were born in 1998 and two in 1999.
U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow went with a 4-3-3 formation that featured a front line of Civana Kuhlmann, Zoe Redei and Kelcie Hedge. For Redei, it marked her U-17 WNT debut. For Hedge, it was her first appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
Goalkeeper Katherine Hess made her first appearance in the tournament and earned her third-career U-17 cap while getting the shutout.
Midfielder Taylor Racioppi wore the captain's armband.
Three of the USA's four defensive backs saw their first starts in outside backs Mia Gyau and Gabriella Carreiro and center back Taylor Otto.
The USA's two 14-year-olds both started, Frankie Tagliaferri at holding midfield and Kuhlmann at forward.
Snow made one substitution to open the second half, bringing in Dorian Bailey for Kuhlmann.
Maddy Schultz, who was a second-half sub in the opening match against Trinidad & Tobago, once again entered the latter stages of the tournament match against Guatemala when she replaced Anika Rodriguez in the 67th minute.
Zoe Morse, who scored the U.S. U-17 WNT program's 100th goal the other night, replaced Taylor Racioppi in the 78th minute.
The USA out-shot Guatemala 38-2.
-U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-17 Women's National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Nov. 2, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 6 p.m. CT
Weather: 79 degrees, rainy, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 4 7
GUA 0 0 0
USA - Zoe Redei (Frankie Tagliaferri) 21st minute
USA - Zoe Redei 32
USA - Zoe Redei (Taylor Otto) 36
USA - Zoe Redei 49
USA - Dorian Bailey (penalty kick) 84
USA - Gabriella Carreiro (penalty kick) 89
USA - Kelcie Hedge 90+1
USA: 18-Katherine Hess; 7-Mia Gyau, 13-Taylor Otto, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 5-Gabriella Carreiro; 14-Taylor Racioppi (capt.) (9-Zoe Morse, 78), 25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 19-Anika Rodriguez (22-Maddy Schultz, 67); 11-Civana Kuhlmann (2-Dorian Bailey, 46), 15-Zoe Redei, 8-Kelcie Hedge
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Lauren Rood, 3-Madison Haley, 4-Marley Canales, 10-Ellie Jean, 12-Tegan McGrady, 17-Mallory Pugh
Head coach: B.J. Snow
GUA: 1-Angie Hidalgo; 3-Sara Fetzer, 2-Isabella Salas, 4-Pamela Monterroso (capt.), 16 -Kellin Mayèn; 6-Jennifer Barrios, 15-Cindy Granda, 8-Laurent Marwith, 11-Andrea Rabanales (7-Kelsie Castellanos, 77); 10-Aisha Solòrzano (5-Alison Garcìa, 56), 9-Madelyn Ventura
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Natalie Schaps, 13-Lesli Cal Gamarro, 14-Marìa Barillas, 17-Marìa Contreras, 18-Hercilia Cabrera, 19-Anika Schaps Calderòn, 20-Beberly Montufar
Head coach: Benjamin Monterroso
Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 38 / 2
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0