[UNDER-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP]
North Korea confirmed its status as the dominant power of women's soccer at the youth level, beating the USA, 2-1, in overtime in the
final of the inaugural U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. North Korea's championship comes on the heels of its Under-20 Women's World Cup title two years ago in Russia.
Koreans had a huge advantage in shots (31-16) but trailed most of the game. Their goalie, Hong Myong Hui
, gifted the USA a goal in the second minute when she
pushed Cloee Colohan
's throw-in into her own goal after the ball had bounced over her head. (The goal would not have counted if she had not touched the
North Korea equalized with 13 minutes remaining in the match when Ri Un Ae
's free kick from 30 yards hit the underside of the crossbar
and Kim Un Hyang
scored on a header.
With seven minutes left in overtime, Jang Hyon Sun
winning goal when she beat Colohan and scored from the top of the box.
"We're trying to keep the ball," said U.S. coach Kazbek Tambi
, "but at the
same time North Korea was a very intense crew and I thought they did a good job of closing us down and keeping the ball in their end. So rather than taking away from us, I'd rather give them credit
for a great job in the second half to pull back like we came back against Germany [2-1 comeback win in the semifinals]."
In the third-place match, Germany defeated England, 3-0.
American star Kristie Mewis
won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player behind Germany's
and Japan's Mana Iwabuchi
. Vicki DiMartino
first American to score in five consecutive games in a world championship, won the Silver Shoe as the tournament's second leading scorer with five total goals, behind Marozsan, who had six.
, who played every minute for the USA in nets, was awarded Golden Glove Award as the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
GAME SUMMARY: Nov. 16 in Auckland North Korea 2 USA 1.
Goals: Kim Un
Hyang 77, Jang 113; own goal 2. North Korea --
Hong, Hyon, Jon Hong Yon, Kim Sol Hui, Kim Un Hyang, Kim Uj (Ri Un
Ae, 68), Pae (Jang, 104), Kim Hyon Mi, Ho, Jon Myong Hwa, Yun (Kim Un Ju, 53) USA --
Vancil, Dunn, Colohan, Quon, S.Mewis, Brooks, Roberts, K.Mewis,
Klei (Eddy, 61); DiMartino (Johnson, 106), Verloo. Referee:
Silvia Reyes (Peru). Att.: