USA rolls past Jamaica 8-0 in Concacaf Girls U-15 Championship
BRADENTON, Fla. (Via U.S. Soccer) – The USA rolled past Jamaica, 8-0, in the opening match for both teams at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship.
The USA scored four goals in each half, including a second-half hat trick from America Frias, in the 70-minute match.
The USA brought a younger team to this competition which mostly features players born in 2003. The USA roster includes 14 players born in 2004 and four in 2005.
With 28 nations competing in two divisions, this is the largest Concacaf tournament ever for female participants and features a record number of Concacaf Member Associations as well as two invited teams from UEFA.
The USA is playing in Group A in the 12-team Division 1 and will next face guest team Portugal on Aug. 8 on Field 2. The USA finishes group play against El Salvador on Aug. 10 on Field 1. All the USA’s games are at 9 a.m. ET and are being streamed on Concacaf.com. Portugal beat El Salvador 5-0 in the other Group A match.
The tournament format dictates that the three countries who finish in first-place in the Division I groups will advance to the semifinals on Aug. 11 along with the best second-place finisher. The championship game will be on Aug. 13.
If teams are tied on points, the first tie-breaker in the group is goal difference and then goals scored.
The USA opened the scoring in the 10th minute off a quick restart from the top of the penalty box. Midfielder Juliauna Hayward played the ball into the right side of the box to forward Katherine Rader, catching the Jamaican defenders unaware, and Rader took a quick touch forward before firing a low shot across goal into the lower left corner.
Four minutes later, Hayward blasted a shot off the crossbar from about 25 yards out and the rebound fell to forward Alyssa Thompson who struck her half-volley into the right side of the net.
In the 19th minute, Rader played and nice give-and-go with Thompson at the top of the penalty area and Rader finished her easy chance by pushing the ball into the right side of the net from six yards out.
In the 27th minute, Thompson collected the ball at midfield, then spun and split two defenders before dribbling about 15 yards and slipping a ball through to forward Jaedyn Shaw into the left side of the penalty area. Shaw found herself one-on-one and easily slipped her shot under the sliding ‘keeper to make it 4-0 heading into halftime.
It took the USA just under 15 minutes into the second half to get a fifth goal and it came when defender Maia Tabion crossed the ball from the right to Rader, who headed the ball back into the middle of the box to Frias. She settled it with her thigh and finished on the half-volley.
In the 56th minute, forward Allison Montoya picked up the first of three consecutive assists as she slotted a pass behind the Jamaican defenders directly into the path of the sprinting Frias who took a touch and finished into the lower left corner from eight yards.
The seventh goal came in the 63rd minute when Montoya drove toward the box from the right before playing a ball on the ground across the penalty area to midfielder Olivia Moultrie. She took a touch back inside and smashed her shot high into the upper left corner.
In the 66th minute, Montoya finished her hat trick of assists and Frias finished her hat trick of goals. Montoya once again dribbled into the penalty area from the right side before cutting a pass back to Frias on the ground and she pushed her shot into the net at the near post from seven yards out.
-U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-15 GNT vs. Jamaica
Date: Aug. 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship
Venue: IMG Academy Soccer Stadium; Bradenton, Fla. – Field 1
Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 4 8
JAM 0 0 0
USA – Katherine Rader (Juliauna Hayward) 10th minute
USA – Alyssa Thompson (Juliauna Hayward) 14
USA – Katherine Rader (Sofia Cook) 19
USA – Jaedyn Shaw (Alyssa Thompson) 27
USA – America Frias (Katherine Rader) 49
USA – America Frias (Allison Montoya) 56
USA – Olivia Moultrie (Allison Montoya) 63
USA – America Frias (Allison Montoya) 66
USA: 12-Nona Reason, 13-Maia Tabion, 15-Amelia Van Zanten, 5-Maggie Taitano (4-Elise Evans, 51), 3-Evelyn Shores (2-Gisele Thompson, 36), 6-Yuna McCormack (16-Maggie Cagle, 36), 8-Sofia Cook, 18-Juliauna Hayward (10-Olivia Moultrie, 36), 17-Katherine Rader, 11-Jaedyn Shaw (7-Allison Montoya, 36), 9-Alyssa Thompson (14-America Frias, 36)
Subs not used: 1-Teagan Wy
Head Coach: April Kater
JAM: 1-Nicole Wright, 3-Therk Spaulding (18-Dannique Wilson, 30), 4-Gabrielle Bryan, 5-Zoe Graham, 6-Ashley Tomlinson, 7-Burke, 8-Ashlee Whyte, 9-Daihla Whyte, 11-Davia Richards, 12-Tianna Beswick (15-Liha Williams, 64), 14-Shamia Dixon (10-Tiny Seaton, 49)
Subs not used: 2-Kerrisan Lawrence, 13-Seanoya Taylor, 16-Kaliscia Mitchell, 17-Trishana West
Head Coach: Andrew Price
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 22 / 0
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0
Referee: Ever Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Limanuel Sola-Morales (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Armando Salinas (HON)
4th Official: Matthew Walsh (DMA)
2018 Concacaf Girls U-15 Championship – Division I Group A Standings