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USA finds form with 3-0 victory over China
by Paul Kennedy, August 12th, 2014 7:47PM
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[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] The USA beat China, 3-0, to move into the quarterfinals of the Under-20 Women's World Cup against the Group A winner, North Korea, Saturday in Toronto. Lindsey Horan scored the first two goals in the first half, and Rose Lavelle added the third after the break.

The USA finished second in its group behind Germany, a 5-1 winner over Brazil. The Germans will face host Canada, the Group A runner-up, on Saturday in Edmonton.

Tuesday's Results:
GROUP A:
Ghana 2 Finland 1
Canada 1 North Korea 0
Standings: North Korea (5-2), Canada (4-3), Ghana (3-4) 6 points; Finland 0.
GROUP B:
Germany 5 Brazil 1
USA 3 China 0
Standings: Germany 7 points; USA 6; China 2; Brazil 1.

The Americans had their most dominating performance of the tournament, outshooting the Chinese, 20-5.

Both goals from Horan -- her second and third of the tournament -- came from short range in the first half. The first shot rattled the crossbar, ricocheted down and crossed a foot or two over the line before bouncing back on to the field of play. She took advantage of the Chinese defense's inability to clear the ball to slot home the second goal seven minutes before halftime.

Horan set up Lavelle in the 49th minute with the third goal, the first international goal at the U-20 level by the Wisconsin star and Horan's first assist of the tournament.

U.S. coach Michelle French said the USA had come into the game with a lot of confidence after rebounding from a 2-0 loss to Germany with a 1-0 win over Brazil on a late Horan goal.

"We had a great couple of days training," she said, "and I think that defensively, again, the organization from our back line through to the forwards played a huge part in this game. We could build a little bit more than in the previous games, which allowed us to keep possession. I think that was very important for us today. Overall, I think this was our best match of the tournament."

Saturday's quarterfinals will air on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. ET.

-- Sara Daebritz had a hat trick and Pauline Bremer scored twice to give Germany its win over Brazil, which had led on JC star Carol's goal.

Aug. 12 in Moncton, N.B.
USA 3 China 0. Goals: Horan 19, 38, Lavelle 49.
USA -- Rowland; Amack, Roccaro, Naughton, Gibbons; Lavelle, Sullivan (Baldwin, 62), Pugh; Doniak (Green, 69), Jordan (Purce, 46), Horan.
China -- Lu; Yao, Zhong; Lyu, Li Mengwen; Lei (Shi, 61), Liu (Zhang Zhu, 55), Tang, Tan, Zhu; Xiao (Wang, 42).



1 comment
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: August 12, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.
    A better performance against a weak China team. Looked better on set pieces and could have easily scored a couple more. However, China did not seem to play with any urgency, and gave the US players much more time on the ball than they deserved. Once again, our left and right backs did little more than backpass. There were more creative touches in the attacking 3rd for the US, with a nice heel pass to grab everyone's attention. I saw more through balls down the channels but that pass needs more accuracy in almost every case. In the first half there were 2 bad decisions on the part of US players, coming from behind on tackles that, had they won them, wouldn't have amounted to much in any event but could have easily resulted in cards. Overall better play, but the US team ends up playing around the left and right backs that offer nothing going forward.

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