U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team beats Netherlands 2-1 at La Manga Tournament
LA MANGA, SPAIN – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team defeated its counterpart from the Netherlands, 2-1, to win its second consecutive game at the Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament.
The USA beat England 3-0 on March 4 and will face Sweden to finish the friendly tournament on March 8.
The USA opened the scoring in the 14th minute after a poor clearance by Netherlands was collected by forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran on the left flank. She beat her defender and chipped the ‘keeper to score inside the near post from just outside the 18-yard-box.
Heredia-Beltran played a part in the second goal that came just three minutes later. She sent a low cross in from the left side that hit a Netherlands player just in front of the near post. The ball rebounded to midfielder Michelle Cooper, who passed it back to midfielder Laughlin Ryan, who was waiting at the top left corner of the penalty area. Ryan one-timed it to forward Diana Ordonez, who was stationed just past the penalty spot and she finished with a hard left-footed shot to the upper left corner.
The Netherlands pulled a goal back in the 38th minute, but the USA kept the one-goal lead for the remainder of the match as U.S. goalkeeper Halle Mackiewicz made seven saves in the evenly played contest.
The 23-player U.S. roster is made up of 14 players born in 2001 and nine players born in 2002. The age cut-off for players to participate in the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000. Five players on the roster have experience in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in defender Michela Agresti, defender Smith Hunter, midfielder Astrid Wheeler and defender Samar Guidry, all of whom played in 2018, and forward Lia Godfrey, who was on the roster in 2016 as a 14-year-old. The roster is a mixture of collegiate and youth club players with seven already enrolled in college.
The friendly competition features 12 countries playing three games each. In addition to the USA and its three opponents, Denmark, Poland, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Iceland and Switzerland are also participating.
-U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-
Match: United States U-19 Women’s National Team vs. Netherlands U-19 Women’s National Team
Date: March 6, 2020
Competition: Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament 2020
Venue: Field A – La Manga Club Football Centre; La Manga, Spain
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy, windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
NED 1 0 1
USA – Dilary Heredia-Beltran 14th minute
USA – Diana Ordonez (Laughlin Ryan) 17
NED – Naomi Hilhorst (Iris Stiekema) 38
USA: 12-Halle Mackiewicz, 2-Samantha Agresti, 13-Abby Allen (14-Megan Bornkamp, 46), 5-Bria Schrotenboer, 15-Smith Hunter, 16-Isabella Cook (10-Madison Mercado, 46), 6-Astrid Wheeler (Capt.), 21-Laughlin Ryan (17-Skylar Enge, 46), 7-Michelle Cooper (19-Quincy McMahon, 75), 20-Diana Ordonez (9-Reilyn Turner, 45+1), 11-Dilary Heredia-Beltran (23-Lia Godfrey, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Mia Justus, 4-Michela Agresti, 8-Aislynn Crowder, 18-Ellis Wheeler, 24-Mackenzee Vance
Head Coach: Twila Kaufmann
NED: 16-Regina van Eijk (23-Danielle de Jong, 46), 12-Kim Everaerts, 20-Marit Auee (3-Gwyneth Hendriks, 65), 4-Roos van der Veen, 15-Justine Brandau (5-Samantha van Dieman, 46), 17-Ella Peddemors 10-Jonna van de Velde (Capt.), 22-Lakeesha Eijken (11-Kirsten van de Westeringh, 65), 21-Manique de Vette, 19-Naomi Hilhorst (9-Nikita Tromp, 78), 18-Iris Stiekema (6-Dana Foederert, 65)
Subs Not Used: 1-Claire Dinkla, 2-Moisa van Koot, 8-Jill Baijings
Head Coach: Jessica Torny
Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 7 / 6
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 4
Offside: 1 / 3
NED – Roos van der Veen (caution) 43rd minute
NED – Ella Peddemors (caution) 58
USA – Madison Mercado (caution) 88
Referee: Deborah Anex (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Emilie Aubry (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rahel Hasler (SWE)