Sunday, May 6, 2012

U.S. U-17s Advance to Semifinals with 5-0 Win over Trinidad & Tobago

Five different players scored for the U.S. as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago clinching a berth in the U-17 CONCACAF Women's Championship Semifinals. The U.S. got off to a bit of a slow start, but Emily Bruder finally got them on the board in the 20th minute. Trinidad & Tobago kept it close though even putting a long range shot off the crossbar and went into halftime down just 1-0. The score would stay that way until midway through the second half when the Americans finally gave themselves a little breathing room behind back to back goals from Andi Sullivan (on an assist from keeper Jane Campbell) and Sarah Robinson. Summer Green would add her tournament leading sixth goal late in the match while Joanna Boyles rounded out the scoring with a goal in stoppage time. Green also finished with two assists.

The U.S. now gets ready to take on Mexico in the final match of Group B play tomorrow. Mexico, like the U.S., also won its first two matches in the tournament defeating Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 and the Bahamas 6-0. The winner of the U.S. - Mexico match will avoid playing Canada in the semifinals as the Canadians have already clinched first place in Group A following a 6-0 win over Panama and a 4-0 win over Jamaica. Panama and Jamaica will battle it out for second place today with host nation Guatemala already having been eliminated.

Here's a look at the tournament's leading scorer's through 2 matches:

Summer Green - USA - 6
Summer Clark - Canada - 4
Margaret Purce - USA - 3
Nichelle Prince - Canada - 2
Jessica Morales - Mexico - 2
Karla Riley - Panama - 2
Kayla Gray - Jamaica - 2
Laurie Batista - Panama - 2
Andi Sullivan - USA - 2
Mariana Cadena - Mexico - 2
Marta Cox - Panama - 2

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