U.S. U-23 WNT wins Four Nations Tournament with 2-1 victory over England
CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from England 2-1 to win the Four Nations Tournament in Norway with a 2-0-1 record.
The USA also defeated Sweden 2-1 and tied host Norway 2-2. Sweden finished second, Norway was third and England was fourth.
Midfielder Rose Lavelle had a goal and an assist in the match while forward Taylor Smith scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute.
The USA opened the scoring just seven minutes into the match as Daphne Corboz found Lavelle with a pass near the top of the penalty box. Lavelle quickly turned and fired a shot that gave the Americans an early lead.
England equalized in the 60th minute off a corner kick that was deflected to Jess Sigsworth inside the six-yard box for a finish from close range.
The young Americans scored 13 minutes later as Lavelle chipped as pass over the defensive line to the speedy Smith on the right side. She took a few touches centrally and finished well into the far side netting. Lavelle, one of five players on the U.S. roster who participated in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, picked up an assist in each of the three games to go with her goal in the match today.
Abby Smith started the first match in goal for the U.S., while Jane Campbell went the distance in the final two.
– U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. England Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
ENG 0 1 1
USA – Rose Lavelle (Daphne Corboz) 7th Minute
ENG – Jess Sigsworth (Lucy Staniforth) 60
USA – Taylor Smith (Rose Lavelle) 73
USA: 1-Jane Campbell, 13-Christina Gibbons, 21-Christen Westphal, 2-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 5-Carson Pickett, 19-Andi Sullivan, 10-Rose Lavelle, 6-Daphne Corboz (15-Kayla Mills, 82), 22-Jaycie Johnson (7-Claire Falknor, 65), 17-Savannah Jordan (25-Katie Stengel, 46), 9-Chioma Ubogagu (14-Taylor Smith, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Hope D’Addario, Abby Smith, Jessie Scarpa
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield
ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Hannah Blundell, 6-Jemma Rose, 3-Millie Bright, 7-Meghan Sargeant, 8-Sherry McCue, 17-Beth England (14-Hannah Dale, 81), 16-Nikita Parris (10-Jess Sigsworth, 59), 15-Lucy Staniforth, 20-Mel Lawley, 19-Natasha Flint
Substitutes Not Used: Laura-Jayne O’Neill, Martha Harris, Abbey-Leigh Stringer, Drew Spence, Alex Brooks
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 2 / 7
Offside: 0 / 3
Referee: Emilie Rodahl Dokseth (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Linda Andresen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Marit Skurdal (NOR)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)