The U.S. U-20 women's national team opened the Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, with a 3-2 victory over Norway and 1-1 tie with France. Kristie
, Maya Hayes
and Sydney Leroux
scored as the USA raced out to a 3-0 lead over Norway after 13 minutes
before two penalty kicks by June Tarnes
drew the Norwegians closer.
Two days later, Casey Short
the 90th minute to earn the Americans a tie.
"I was very pleased with the player's resolve today," said U.S. coach Jillian Ellis
. "They pushed hard
for the equalizer and they deserved the goal. We worked hard defensively but the quality of our passing made possession difficult today. Casey's goal was a fantastic run and she showed great
composure in the box." March 9 in La Manga, Spain USA 3 Spain 2.
Goals: K.Mewis 7, Hayes 10,
Leroux 13; Tarnes pen. 27, pen. 88. USA --
Henninger, Mewis, Colohan, Sharpe, Levin (Young, 23), Bywaters (Laddish, 61), Harris (S Mewis, 46), Short,
Leroux (Ohai, 84), Hayes (McCarty, 46), Pressley (DiMartino, 70). March 11 in La Manga, Spain
USA 1 France 1. Goals: Short 90; Dali 63.
USA -- Parkhill. K.Mewis, Colohan, Sharpe, Levin, Bywaters (S.Mewis, 66), Laddish (Harris, 60), Short, Leroux (Pressley, 59), Hayes (DiMartino, 55), McCarty (Ohai, 59).