Aug. 23, 2012
HIROSHIMA, Japan – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team dominated China PR in almost all aspects during their Group D match of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup but only came away with one point in a 1-1 draw on Thursday at Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium.
The USA inched a bit closer to a quarterfinal berth with the draw and now sits in second place in Group D with four points. Germany defeated Ghana 1-0 in the first match of the evening to take the lead in the group with six points and clinch a quarterfinal berth. China (1 point) sits in third place while Ghana was eliminated after losing their second straight match.
China struck first with a goal in the 19th minute, but the U.S. evened the match with a goal by Maya Hayes in the 36th minute as the two teams closed out the first half tied at 1-1.
The USA nearly found the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute off of Vanessa DiBernardo’s corner kick, but U.S. captain Julie Johnston’s shot hit the right post and China defender Liu Shanshan cleared the ball near the goal line.
Florida State’s Kassey Kallman did not see action in Thursday’s match against China PR.
The USA can advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a draw against Germany in their final Group D match on Monday, Aug. 27, at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, Japan. The match, which features the event’s only two-time champions in the USA (2002 U-19 and 2008 U-20 titles) and Germany (2004 U-19 and 2010 U-20 crowns), will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 starting at 2:50 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
Portions of article courtesy of U.S. Soccer