[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP]The USA moved into the final of the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Tuesday thanks to goals by Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai. The Americans will face defending champion Germany, a 3-0 winner over Japan in the other semifinal.
The USA-Germany game will be a rematch of their recent group game won by the Germans, 3-0.
The final will be played on Saturday at Tokyo National Stadium. Live coverage begins at 6:20 a.m. ET on ESPNU, ESPN3 and 6:15 a.m. ET on Univision.
In the 22nd minute, U.S. left back Mollie Pathman drove a cross in from the left sideline and found Brian unmarked toward the far right side. The 2011 Soccer America Freshman of the Year capitalized on the chance with a driven header past Nigeria goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte.
The USA put the match away in the 70th minute as second-half subs Chioma Ubogagu and then Samantha Mewisworked the ball to Ohai, and the North Carolina junior scored into the left side of the goal to make it 2-0.
Sept. 4 in Tokyo
USA 2 Nigeria 0.Goals: Brian 22, Ohai 70.
USA --Heaberlin; Dunn, Johnston, Roccaro, Pathman; Killion, DiBernardo, Brian (Laddish, 83); Ohai, Cobb (Ubogagu, 46), Hayes (Mewis, 66).
Nigeria --Whyte; Ofoegbu, Njoku, Adeyemo, Chukwunonye; Nku (Adule, 68), Okobi, Oshoala (Osawaru, 79); Sunday, Oparanozie (Orji, 72), Ordega.
Referee: Esther Staubil (Switzerland)