[USA-MEXICO WOMEN] Lauren Cheney's goal in stoppage time gave the USA a 1-0 win over Mexico in its final international match before heading to Germany for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. The Americans thoroughly dominated the game, finishing with a 34-4 shot advantage, but until Cheney's strike from distance they could not beat 16-year-old Ceci Santiago in goal for Mexico.
“I think the road to the World Cup has been bumpy,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “In a perfect world, we should have scored a couple of goals today, but my glass is half full. When you look at the game, it was an excellent game because we played well and we created chances and it was a player coming off the bench, Lauren Cheney, who made the difference. That tells us how important every single player is on this team.”
Santiago held off the Americans all afternoon before a crowd of more than 5,000 at Red Bull Arena, but she could do nothing to stop Cheney's rising shot from 27 yards out.
Santiago was one of seven players Coach Leo Cuellar used from Mexico's 2010 Under-20 World Cup team.
Among them was Stanford star Alina Garciamendez.
The USA will depart on June 14 for a training camp in Austria and then will arrive in Dresden, Germany, several days before its Women’s World Cup opener on June 28 against North Korea.
June 5 in Harrison, N.J.
USA 1 Mexico 0. Goal: Cheney 90+2.
Mexico -- Santiago, Robles, Garciamendez, Vinti, Saucedo, Worbis, Morales (Ocampo, 46), Perez (Lopez, 46; Alvarado, 84), Dominguez (Corral, 80), Garza (Rangel, 71), Mayor (Noyola)
USA -- Solo, Krieger (Mitts, 46), Buehler (Sauerbrunn, 84), Rampone, LePeilbet (Cox, 61), O’Reilly, Boxx (Lindsey, 71), Lloyd, Rapinoe (Morgan, 76), Rodriguez (Cheney, 61), Wambach.
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA).