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Youth WNT May 25, 2022

U.S. U-16 Women’s Youth National Team beats Sweden 4-1, sweeping UEFA Tournament

RONNEBY, Sweden – The U.S. Under-16 Women’s Youth National Team defeated host Sweden, 4-1, to sweep all three games in convincing fashion at its UEFA Development Tournament.

The USA also defeated Norway, 4-0, on May 18 and downed France, 3-1, on May 20 to outscore its opponents 11-2 over the course of the friendly competition. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these were the first international matches for the U.S. U-16s since February 2020 when the USA played in a UEFA Development Tournament in England.

The USA went behind for the first time in the tournament when Sweden’s Bianca Hultback Nattland struck in the 27th minute to stake her side to a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The second half belonged to the USA, which scored four unanswered goals in a 29-minute span to end the match.

In a game that saw the USA out-shoot Sweden 15-4, forward Kennedy Roesch finally equalized in the 58th minute when she dribbled across the penalty box to the left side and finished with a left-footed strike from 12 yards out. It was her second goal of the tournament.

The USA took the lead just five minutes later as defender Carla Small, who hails from Waipahu, Hawaii, intercepted a pass from Sweden inside its own penalty box and finished for the eventual game-winner. It was her first international goal.

The USA racked up insurance tallies in the 83rd and 87th minutes, the first coming when forward Addison Hess dribbled into the left side of the penalty box and slipped a pass to forward Ava McDonald, who finished inside far post for her second goal of the competition.

The final score came after midfielder Grace Restovich dribbled into the middle of the attacking third and passed to forward Emeri Adames, who was running down the left side into the penalty area. Adames took two touches and finished for the final score line and her first international goal.

The U.S. team was led by U.S. Under-17 Women’s Youth National Team head coach Natalia Astrain, who recently guided the USA to the title at the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in the Dominican Republic and a berth to the 2022 FIFA Women’s World Cup in India. All the players on this U-16 WYNT roster are age-eligible for that team.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2006, were age-eligible for this competition and all 20 players called to travel to Sweden were born in 2006.


Match: United States U-16 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-16 Women’s National Team
Date: May 22, 2022
Competition: UEFA Development Tournament
Venue: Brunnsvallen; Ronneby, Sweden
Weather: 57 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             0          4          4
SWE                             1          0          1

SWE – Bianca Hultback Nattland                              27th minute
USA — Kennedy Roesch                                            58
USA — Carla Small                                                     63
USA — Ava McDonald (Addison Hess)                      83
USA — Emeri Adames (Grace Restovich)                 87


USA: 1-Caroline Birkel (12-Kealey Titmuss, 46); 3-Carla Small, 4-Sophia Bradley (11-Ava McDonald, 46), 5-Kennedy Roesch (15-Addison Hess, 74), 6-Sophia Brelage (2-Emeri Adames, 46), 7-Jordyn Bugg, 8-Addison Halpern (25-Tabitha Sine, 46), 9-Ines Derrien (13-Grace Restovich, 83), 14-Avery Robinson, 21-Lizzie Boamah (10- Eleanor Klinger, 74), 24-Neveah Peregrina (23-Kendall Bodak, 46)

Subs not used: 18-Reese Klein

Head Coach: Natalia Astrain

SWE Starters: 1-Julica Cavander, 3-Smilia Holmberg, 4-Maja Wangerheim, 6-Olivia Crona, 7-Mikela Stojanovska, 9-Elsa Pelgander, 10-Tilde Bjorklund, 13-Saga Fredgren, 14-Ida Bjornberg, 18-Bianca Hultback Nattland, 19-Matilda Ekblom

Head Coach: Lotta Hellenberg

Stats Summary: USA / SWE                                   
Shots: 15 / 4
Shots on Goal:  7 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 2
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lizzie Boamah (Caution)             53rd minute

Referee: Vendela Högqvist
Assistant Referee 1: Åsa Olsson
Assistant Referee 2: Zelda Jakobsson
Fourth Official: Marie Andersson

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