The USA fell to China, 5-4, on penalty kicks Thursday in the semifinals of the Under-20 Women's World Championship in Moscow.
Tim Schulz's Americans had a chance to win the shootout, but Notre Dame's Brittany Bock hit the outside of the right post on the fifth U.S. attempt after goalie Val Henderson had stopped the fifth Chinese shooter. With the score tied 4-4, Zhu Wei scored for China, then Lauren Cheney, Henderson's UCLA teammate, fired high and straight at Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Yanru.
Outshooting China, 23-5, the USA dominated the game played in the rain before a paltry crowd of 1,000 at Lokomotiv Stadium. UCLA's Danesha Adams, Stanford's Kelly O'Hara and Virginia's Jess Rostedt all came close for the USA, whose best chances came in the second half and overtime.
The Chinese, runners-up two years ago at the U-19 world championships in Thailand, meet North Korea in Sunday's final -- the first all-Asian final in the history of a FIFA competition. North Korea beat Brazil, 1-0, in the other semifinal. The USA meets Brazil on Sunday in a repeat of the 2004 third-place game at the U-19 world championships. The Americans won, 3-0, in Thailand.
Aug. 31 in Moscow
USA 0 China 0 (China wins 5-4 on penalties).
USA --Henderson, Lopez, Dew, Krzysik, Logterman, DiMartino, Wagenfuhr (Poach, 46), Bock, Angeli (O’Hara, 46), Cheney, Rostedt (Adams, 66).
China -- Zhang Yanru, Zhou, Yuan, Zhang Wei, Weng Zinshi, Yue, Rao (Zi, 61), Zhuang, Zhang (Zhu, 120), Lou, Ma.
Referee:Tammy Ogston (Australia).