The U.S. under-17 women’s national team got two goals each from Kelcie Hedge
and Mallory Pugh
and rolled to a 4-0 victory over China in the first game of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational in Carson, Calif. The U.S. U-17s finished with an
18-2 edge in shots and 7-0 edge in corner kicks.
The tournament is a tuneup for China, Japan and New Zealand, the other two participants, but it is the last outing for the U.S. U-17s, who
failed to qualify for the Under-17 Women's World Cup to be held in Costa Rica in March.
Pugh, the USA’s leading scorer in this cycle, scored her 12 and 13th international goals at
the U-17 level.
Japan defeated New Zealand 5-0 on goals from Rikako Kobayashi
, Yui Hasegawa
, Hina Sugita
, Meika Nishida
and Asato Miyagawa
Play continues Friday and
Sunday at the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center. Feb. 5 in Carson, Calif.
USA 4 China 0.
Goals: Hedge 13, 34, Pugh 15, 46. USA --
Hess; McGrady, Jacobs, Morse, Jean; Racioppi (Bailey, 63),
Canales (Paschall, 82), Pugh (Rodriguez, 78); Xiao (Schultz, 63), Haley (Redei, 46), Hedge (Pruitt, 78). Referee:
Jasmine Peralta (USA)