Sept. 3, 2012
SAITAMA, Japan – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory against a strong and talented Korea DPR side to advance to its fifth semifinal appearance in FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup play.
Forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute while midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo opened the scoring with a spectacular long-distance strike seven minutes into the second half.
Following a scoreless first half, DiBernardo gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute making the Korea DPR defense pay for a failed clear. She latched onto the loose ball in the middle of the field and with a quick touch fired a shot from 28 yards out with a thunderous right foot that dipped past Korean goalkeeper O Chang Ran and into the left corner of the net.
Korea DPR found the equalizer in the 75th minute when Kim Un Hwa poked a pass to second-half sub Kim Su Gyong, who found space in the middle of the box and blasted a left-footed shot from 15 yards into the upper right corner past U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin.
Florida State’s Kassey Kallman entered the match in the 108th minute to help the U.S. secure its one-goal victory.
The U.S. victory sets up a semifinal clash with Nigeria, the team that defeated the USA on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The match from Tokyo’s National Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with coverage 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