[UNDER-20 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP]
Goals by Sydney Leroux
with her fifth in three games and Vicki DiMartino
were enough to give the USA a 2-1 win over Mexico in their group finale at the Under-20 Women's Championship in Guatemala City.
The Tri's lone goal
was scored by Stanford freshman Alina Garciamendez
, one of five U.S. collegians or prep stars in its starting lineup. Mexico gave the USA its toughest test yet,
hitting 10 shots, including a shot off the top of the crossbar in the 72nd minute.
The USA moves into Thursday's semifinals against Group B runner-up Costa Rica (TV: Fox Soccer Channel,
live, 2:30 pm ET).
The semifinal winners and third-place game winner advance to the 2010 Under-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. Jan.
25 in Guatemala City
USA 2 Mexico 1 Goals:
USA - DiMartino (Noyola) 14th minute
MEX - Garciamendez (Gomez-Junco) 90th+1 Lineups: USA --
Henninger, Quon, Dunn, Pressley,
DiMartino, Bywaters (K.Mewis, 63), Richmond (Brooks, 53), Nairn, Noyola, Leroux (Hayes, 82), McCarty.Mexico --
Santiago, Sierra, Garciamendez, Diaz,
Miranda, Gonzalez (Rangel, 54), Alvarado, Kotero (Godoy, 64), Gomez-Junco, Hernandez, Lagunas (Mayor, 72).Referee:
Dianne Ferreira James (Guyana).