The USA moved into the semifinals of the Concacaf Under-17 Girls Championship with a 6-0 win over Costa Rica and 9-0 win over El Salvador at
Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad.
The Americans got two goals each from Samantha Mewis
in the win over the Ticas. Rachel Nuzzolese
had a hat trick and Amber Brooks
scored twice in the win
over El Salvador, which was outshot, 42-0.
The USA faces Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday. It will win Group A with a win or tie. T&T, coached by Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum
, is second in Group with a 5-1 win over El Salvador and 0-0 tie with Costa RIca.
"We've played two games and we've gotten stronger from the first to the
second," said U.S. U-17 coach Kazbek Tambi
. "We'd like to have an excellent game against Trinidad (& Tobago) because we want to keep the momentum of the good
soccer leading into the semis. At this point we're still taking it game by game."
Canada and Mexico have also booked a spot in the semifinals after winning their first two Group B
The winners of Thursday's semifinals and the third-place game will qualify for the inaugural Under-17 Girls World Cup, which will be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New
Zealand. GAME SUMMARIES: June 18 in Macoya USA 6 Costa Rica 0.
Goals: S.Mewis 3, 54, Verloo 17, 49, Roberts pen. 28, DiMartino 37. USA --
Gaul, Brooks, Dunn,
Colohan, Roberts, K.Mewis (Klei, 55), S.Mewis (Bennett, 57), Tymrak (Brian, 73), DiMartino, Johnson, Verloo. Costa Rica --
Tapia, Barquero, Guillen,
Cruz, Campos, Alvarado, Mata (Quiros, 46), Sanchez (Guzman, 66), Rodriguez Vazquez, Morales (Rodriguez, 19), Rodriguez Cedeno. Referee:
Ferreia James (Guyana). June 18 in Macoya
USA 9 El Salvador 0.
Goals: Nuzzolese 4, 64, 78, Klei 9, Brian 12, Costa 15, Brooks 27, 37, Bennett pen.
51. USA --
Vancil, Dunn, Harris, Colohan, Brooks, Brian, Bennett, Klei, Payne, Costa, Nuzzolese. El Salvador --
Rodriguez, Ramirez, Hernandez, Aldana, Duenas (Siguenza, 66), Flores, Landaverde, Herrera (Sanchez, 44), Gonzalez (Molina, 31), Fuentes, Ayala. Referee:
Carol Ann Chenard (Canada).