[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] U.S. star Syndey Leroux scored in the 70th minute to give the defending champion USA a 1-1 tie with Ghana in their opening match at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany.
Leroux scored from close range into an open net after Teresa Noyola stripped a Ghana player in midfield and sent Maya Hayes through with a breakaway. Hayes raced at goalie Patricia Mantey and then slipped a pass square to Leroux, who scored her sixth goal in her U-20 Women’s World Cup career after scoring five -- a tournament-high -- in 2008.
Ghana had scored in the 7th minute whenElizabeth Cudjoe cracked an unstoppable shot from at least 30 yards after the USA turned the ball over in midfield.
Both teams has their chances in a wide-open game that featured 40 shots.
July 14 in Dresden
USA 1 Ghana 1.
Ghana –Cudjoe 7th minute
USA –Leroux (Hayes) 70
USA --Henninger, Quon, Pressley, Dunn, Johnson, Brooks, Nairn (Noyola, 54), Bywaters (Verloo, 77), K.Mewis, DiMartino (Hayes, 46), Leroux.
Ghana --Mantey, Egyir, Ampem, Kobblah, Atovor, Cudjoe (Suleman, 67), Afriyie, Myles (Addo, 35), Achempong, Dadson, Ibrahim (Osei-Agyemang, 83).
Referee: Dagmar Dmakova (CZE)