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Youth WNT Sep 16, 2019

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team defeats Sweden 2-1 in friendly tournament

FALKENBERG, Sweden (Sept. 11, 2019) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden, 2-1, to open a friendly tournament in Sweden as forwards Amelia White and Trinity Byars scored first half goals.

The win moved the U.S. U-17 WNT to 9-0-0 in international competition this year while scoring 33 goals and allowing just four.

The USA will next meet Spain on Sept. 14 and finish against Germany on Sept. 17. Germany defeated Spain, 4-0, in the day’s other match. All of the games are being played in and around Falkenberg, Sweden on the southwest coast of the country about 60 miles south of Gothenburg.

Sweden’s Sanna Eriksson received a red card in the 8th minute for a denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity just outside the penalty area and was forced to play the rest of the match with 10 women. The USA took advantage and opened the scored in the 18th minute as White finished inside the six-yard box on the left side after a defensive deflection from a corner kick.

The USA doubled the lead in the 33rd minute when midfielder Alexis Missimo played her Solar SC club teammate Byars a through ball behind the Sweden defense. The speedy Byars then beat the ‘keeper and finished with her left foot into the left side of the net from close range.

Sweden pulled a goal back in the 38th minute, but the USA kept a clean sheet thereafter in a match that saw the Americans out-shoot the hosts, 12-3.

U.S. head coach Tracey Kevins called up 20 players for this tournament. All players in the competition must have been born on or after January 1, 2003, which is the age cut-off date to be eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India. Nineteen of Kevins’ call-ups were born in 2003 with forward Alyson Sentnor the only one born in 2004. Sentnor is tied for the team lead in goals this year with five. White’s goal was her fifth of the year and Byars was her third.

In the round-robin competition, the teams will get three points for a win and zero for a loss, but if a match is tied at the end of regulation, the teams will take penalty kicks. In the case of the tie and then penalty kick shoot-out, the winning team will get three points and the losing team will get one point.


Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-17 WNT

Date: September 11, 20019
Competition: International Friendly Tournament
Venue: Falkenberg Arena, Falkenberg Sweden
Weather: 59 degrees, windy and rainy
Attendance: 1,073

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

USA – Amelia White (unassisted)                  19th minute
USA – Trinity Byars (Alexis Missimo)             33
SWE – Monica Jusu Bah                               38


USA: 22-Nadia Cooper, 2-Ayooluwa Oke (20-Courtney Boone, 62), 14-Shea O’Malley (21-Macy Blackburn, 46), 3-Baleigh Bruster (capt.), 23-Aidan McConnell, 5-Devin Lynch, 6-Simone Jackson (15-Arianna Manrique, 46), 13-Tatiana Fung (7-Jillian Shimkin, 46), 10-Trinity Byars, 11-Alexis Missimo (24-Emma Egizii, 62), 4-Amelia White (9-Allyson Sentnor, 46)

Subs not used: 8-Annie Karich, 12-Neeku Purcell,16-Lilly Reale
Head Coach: Tracey Kevins

SWE: 1-Serina Iddrisu Backmark, 2-Hanna Wijk, 3-Johanna Svedberg (capt.), 5-Elma Junttila Nelhage, 6-Johanna Renmark (20-Sara Ojebo, 73), 7-Emilia Bengtsson, 9-Matilda Vinberg (8-Fiona Eriksson, 73), 11-Monica Jusu Bah (17-Luwam Samrawe Sefanit, 63), 13-Saga Carlsson, 18-Athinna Persson Lundgren (15-Maria Jansson Emelie, 63), 19-Wilma Leidhammar (12-Sanna Eriksson, 8, ejected)

Subs not used: 4-Evelina Pettersson, 10-Alice Sondergaard, 14-Ida Egegard, 16-Elin Sjostrom
Head Coach: Par Lagerstrom

Stats Summary: USA / SWE                                   
Shots: 12 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
SWE – Serina Iddrisu Backmark (ejected)                8th minute

Referee: Aleksandra Cesen
Assistant Referee: Staša Spur
Assistant Referee: Line-Maria Rasmussen
Fourth Official: Mia Klarlund Nielsen Frida

2019 International Friendly Tournament Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Germany 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3
USA 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Sweden 1 0 1 0 1 2 -1 0
Spain 1 0 1 0 0 4 -4 0