[CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA scored early -- after only 92 seconds -- and often -- Lindsay Horan had four goals in the last 23 minutes -- as it routed Haiti, 9-0, in the opening game of the Concacaf Under-17 Women's Championship in Costa Rica.
Haiti was playing less than two months after the earthquake that killed an estimated 270,000 in the country. Team officials said everybody on the team had been left homeless from the quake and reserve goalie, Madeline Delice, lost both of her parents.
The Haitians, who have been training in neighboring Dominican Republic, didn't manage any possession in the offensive third until the 72nd minute and rarely managed to hold the ball in the American half. The USA finished with a 40-2 shots advantage.
"It was very difficult with most of the players having lost parents, family and friends," Haitian coach James Morissetsaid. "During the game and practices, they've been crying and they'll do their best to give Haiti a smile in this tournament."
Alexandra Doll scored the first goal, Taylor Smith had two, and Cari Roccaro chipped in with the fourth first-half goal.
U.S. captain Morgan Brian, who twice hit the post in the first half, scored in the 51st minute.
Horan, who had set up the first two goals, then went to work. She scored in 67th, 72nd and 87th minutes (the last from the penalty spot) and added the ninth goal in stoppage time.
"I was just trying to put the balls away," Horan said. "I got some good balls from teammates, and I was trying to put them away.
After the final whistle, Haitian goalkeeper Alexandra Coby slumped to the turf in tears. When she got to her feet, U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin walked toward her, and they embraced in a tight hug and held on.
All the U.S. players then surrounded Coby and Heaberlin in a huge group hug that lasted at least 90 seconds. When it broke up, the entire U.S. team left the field in tears.
“I saw her crying and that was pretty hard for me to see,” said Heaberlin. “She’s a keeper and we have that bond. I knew that she had probably lost people close to her, and when she goes home she might not have anywhere to go. I gave her a big hug and told her she did great. She came to compete in this tournament despite all that she’s been through and I have tremendous respect for her.
March 10 in Alajuela, Costa Rica
USA 9 Haiti 0
USA – Doll (Horan) 2nd minute.
USA – Smith (Brian) 13th
USA – Roccaro (Horan) 16th
USA – Smith (Clark) 31st
USA – Brian (Wedemeyer) 51st
USA – Horan (Smith) 56th
USA – Horan (Dahlkemper) 72nd
USA – Horan (penalty) 88th
USA – Horan (Farrell) 90th
USA --Heaberlin, Brannon, Dahlkemper, Hinkle, Roccaro (Torres, 46), Wedemeyer, Brian, Clark (Farrell, 72), Doll (Solaun, 81), Smith, Horan.
Haiti --Coby, Derosin, Dieunise (Jeune, 50), Saint-Jacques, Jean-Francois, Rateau, Gervil (Jeudi, 57), Jean, Borgella, Rateau, Merone (Peirre-Louis, 59)
Referee: Dianne Ferriera James (Guyana).