[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] It has not been a good cycle for the U.S. women's national team in FIFA youth competitions. The U-17s didn't even qualify for the world championship while the U-20s have now been knocked out of Canada 2014 in the quarterfinals, falling to North Korea Saturday on penalty kicks after the USA missed its first three attempts.
USA 1 North Korea 1
(North Korea wins 3-1 on penalty kicks)
0 Germany 2
France vs. South Korea
Nigeria vs. New Zealand
The North Koreans rallied from a
goal down at the half to tie the USA, 1-1, and win, 3-1, on penalty kicks. Virginia's Makenzy Doniak scored for the USA in the sixth minute, but Jon So Yon equalized from the penalty spot nine minutes into the second half.
Savannah Jordan, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle all had their shots saved by Kim Chol Ok before Stephanie Amack converted her attempt in the fourth round of the shootout.
But the North Koreans were successful with three of their four attempts to
gain revenge for their loss to the United States at the same stage of the competition two years ago when the USA went on to win the title.
Ubogagu scored a 98th-minute winner to lift the USA to a 2-1 victory over North Korea that advanced it to the 2012 tournament's semifinal stage.
The match was the third between the
USA and North Korea at the knockout stage. The USA beat North Korea, 2-0, in the 2008 final.
The USA finished the tournament with a 2-1-1 record after opening the year with nine straight
Aug. 16 in Toronto
USA 1 North Korea 1. Goals: Doniak 6; Jon pen. 54.
USA -- Rowland; Amack, Roccaro, Naughton, Gibbons; Lavelle, Sullivan, Horan; Doniak (Jordan, 105), Purce (Green, 75), Pugh (Racioppi, 83)
North Korea -- Kim Chol Ok; Song, Choe Sol Gyong, Ri Un Yong, Jon; Choe Yun Gyong, Ri Hyang Sim, Choe Un Hwa, Kim Mi Gyong (Rim Se Ok, 86); Ri Un Sim (Kim So Hyang,
96), Jo (Ri Kyong Hyang, 70).
(North Korea wins 3-1 on penalty kicks.)