Another group game in the U20 CONCACAF qualifying tournament, and another 6-0 win for the U.S. U20 Women’s National Team.
After holding just a two goal lead at the half time, the U.S. U20s burst to life in the second half, led by substitute Maya Hayes’ brace, as the U.S. defeated the host country Panama by another lopsided score. The U.S. will face Mexico in the semifinals on Friday, with a chance to qualify for the U20 Women’s World Cup on the line.
Player ratings (1-10):
Bryane Heaberlin, 6 – The goalkeeper had little to do all evening as Panama registered zero shots on goal. Heaberlin barely touched the ball.
Cari Roccaro, 7 – Not a lot to do along the back line, but when Roccaro was needed, she sprung into action quickly and efficiently to snuff out Panama’s hopes.
Cari RoccaroKassey Kallman, 5
– Some nervy moments in the opening stages of the first half included a couple of poor passes. However, settled into things once the USA became more dominant, hardly putting a foot wrong.
Kealia Ohai, 5 – Panama could barely handle her speed on the night, and Ohai was unlucky not to grab a goal in the first half – hit the post and couldn’t make contact when alone at the top of the box.
Julie Johnston, 8 – Probably the best U.S. player on the field on the night. Bossed the midfield, broke up plays and distributed the ball well. Made a smart run and finished well for her goal.
Lindsey Horan, 4 – It was a night to forget for Horan as everything was there for her except the finishing touch. She scored a hat trick against Guatemala, in the first group game, but on Tuesday she had a hat trick of misses, and was subbed out at the half for Maya Hayes.
Vanessa DiBernardo, 6 – DiBernardo put in an active shift on the flanks, and she bagged a crucial goal just before the half, beating the Panama goalkeeper between the legs.
Micaela Capelle, 7 – The wide midfielder was active throughout her 90 minute shift, and secured the breakthrough in the 29th minute when her cross turned into a shot and beat the Panamanian ‘keeper.
Sarah Killion, 6 – A solid performance in the middle of the park, Killion played some good balls and covered a lot of ground at d-mid before being pulled at the half, possibly due to a knock she received in the early going.
Olivia Brannon, 6 – Neutralized Panama on her right flank all evening and got forward to a limited extent.
Stephanie Amack, 6 – Added another attacking option from her left back role, defended well, and had a goal called back for offside.
Maya Hayes, 7 – Came on at halftime to provide an unstoppable spark plug, finding Johnston with a good ball to set up a goal, before grabbing one in the 59th minute with a great turn and finish. Added a second late on to make it six goals for the United States.
Mandy Laddish, 5 – Laddish came on at the half in the place of Killion, putting in a similar, no fuss, no muss type of performance.
Samantha Mewis, 6 – A solid, tidy performance from the bench punctuated with a nicely volleyed goal off a corner kick. Did pick up a yellow card late in the second half.