[YOUTH] The USA won Group A of the CONCACAF Under-17 Girls Championship with a 9-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday night at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad.
Forward Courtney Verloo led the Americans with a hat trick, while Kristen Mewis added two goals and Victoria DiMartino, Samantha Johnson and Alexis Harris each added one. Midfielder Erika Tymrak had out four assists.
Trinidad & Tobago, coached Notre Dame University women's coach Randy Waldrum, featured nine U.S.-born players in its squad, including high school freshman phenomJessica DeLeon, the daughter of Leroy DeLeon, the former Trinidad & Tobago and NASL star.
The USA will face Mexico in a semifinal matchup that will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad. In the other semifinal clash, Canada will face Costa Rica. The two semifinal winners will automatically qualify for the 2008 Under-17 Girls World Cup, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. The third-place team from CONCACAF will also qualify.
July 22 in Macoya
Trinidad & Tobago 1 USA 9.Goals: K.Mewis 2, pen. 18, Verloo 11, 45, 52, DiMartino 20, Johnson 24, Harris 43, S.Mewis 76; Shade 12.
USA --Wys, Dunn, Harris, Colohan, Brooks. K.Mewis (Klei, 46), S.Mewis, Tymrak (Brian, 46), Johnson, DiMartino, Verloo (Bennett, 74)
Trinidad & Tobago --Baron, Mims, Belgrave, King, Hoareau (Williams, 74), Pereira (Kelly, 74), Forbes, Nunes (Prentice, 46), Salandy, De Leon, Shade.