[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] The USA recovered from a 2-0 loss to Germany to beat Brazil, 1-0, in its second game at the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Edmonton. Star Lindsey Horan ended the USA's 172-minute scoring drought at the tournament with the winner late in the game.
Canada 3 Finland 2
North Korea 3 Ghana 0
USA 1 Brazil 0
Germany 5 China 5
Summer Green broke in from the right side and fed Horan in the middle. The young Paris St. Germain star,
who had missed a ton of chances in the first two games, hit the winner with a low strike past Brazil goalkeeper Leticia for her 21st goal at the U-20 level.
The Brazilians had the edge in possession and a slight edge in shots (14-13). Its best chance came in the 16th minute when U.S. JC star Carol had her
header cleared off the line by Duke's Christina Gibbons, making her first start of the tournament.
The USA had lost 16-year-old Mallory Pugh after a heavy challenge by Djeni later in the first half forced her to leave the game with an ankle injury.
"I am very proud of the players staying disciplined and sticking to the way we wanted to defend," said U.S. coach Michelle French. "We knew that it was
vitally important to get three points and I am very happy. We did well and I am proud of the team. But we have a lot more still to improve on ahead of the China game.
The Americans will
advance to the quarterfinals with a win or tie against China in Moncton on Tuesday. Germany and China played to a 5-5 tie in Friday's first game in Edmonton. The Germans led four times but could hold
on for the win.
-- Host Canada was on the verge of elimination after trailing Finland 2-0 after 21 minutes, but it came back with three second-half goals by U.S. collegians Janine Beckie (Texas Tech), Valerie Sanderson (Memphis) and Nichelle Prince (Ohio
State) to win 3-2. North Korea won its second game with a 3-0 win over Ghana.
Aug. 8 in Edmonton
USA 1 Canada 0. Goal: Horan 82.
USA -- Rowland; Amack, Roccaro, Naughton, Gibbons; Lavelle, Sullivan, Pugh (Racioppi,
37); Purce (Hill, 82), Horan, Doniak (Green, 66).
Brazil -- Leticia, Julia, Leticia Santos, Nagela, Andressa, Djeni, Byanca (Nene 60), Carol (Duda 80),
Gabi, Patricia (Rafaela 73), Camila.