Standing (L-R): Tori Hansen, Astrid Wheeler, Lindsey Romig, Smith Hunter, Isabella D’Aquila, Kate Wiesner; front row: Kalyssa Van Zanten, May Doms, Croix Bethune, Samantha Meza, Natalia Staude.
The strike by Bethune (Concord Fire), coming off a pass from fellow Georgian Natalia Staude (Tophat SC), was Bethune's fourth for Coach Mark Carr's U-17 team, which finished the year with a 9-1-3 (win-loss-tie) record. The only defeat came in a 5-4 loss to China in Weifang in July.
“It's good to finish out the year with two wins and two shutouts,” said Carr. “Overall, I am so proud of what this U-17 group accomplished in 2017. Not only in terms of results, but more in how they have progressed and improved individually and collectively.”
The team is preparing for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship April 19-29 in Nicaragua from which three teams will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
"It's always difficult to play an opponent for a second time in three days,” said Carr. “We had a lot of the ball, but lacked the final product in moments. Tonight, Haiti made it very
difficult for us and we know this is how it will be at World Cup qualifying. There are no guarantees."
Dec. 15 in Lakewood Ranch,
USA 1 Haiti 0.
Goal: Bethune 2.
USA -- Romig (1-Halle Mackiewicz, 46), Wiesner, Hansen, Staude, Hunter (Dellaperuta, 54), Van Zanten (Linnehan, 73), Bethune (capt.), Wheeler, Doms (Fishel, 46), Meza (Vance, 77), D’Aquila (Broussard, 73).
Haiti -- Fleuriot, Tabitha, Lindor, Mathurin, Gustave (Louis, 89), Baptiste (Bernier, 63), Melchie Dumornay, Caremus, Petit Frere (Dumont, 77), Etienne (Brivil, 77), Surpris.
Dec. 13 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida
USA 5 Haiti 0.
Goals: Hansen (Morris) 12, Fontes (Staude) 14, Kroeger (Hunter) 20, Doms (Hunter) 45, D’Aquila (Linnehan) 85.
USA -- Anderson, Morris (DellaPeruta, 76), Staude, Hansen (Schrotenboer, 72), Hunter, Jones, Doms (Pitty, 72), Fishel, Kroeger (D’Aquila, 60), Canniff (Linnehan, 76), Fontes.
Haiti -- Fleuriot, Tabitha, Mathurin, Joseph, Gustave, Louis (Lindor, 51), Melchie Dumornay (capt), Caremus, Petit Frere (Baptiste, 73), Etienne ( Surpris, 70), Bernier (Dumont, 52).
U.S. U-17 women's
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Halle Mackiewicz (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.).
DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Bria Schrotenboer (Midwest United; Holland, Mich.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Ariella Pitty (Ohio Premier; Midlothian, Va.), MacKenzee Vance (United Soccer Alliance; Bluffton, S.C.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.).
FORWARDS (7): Enzi Broussard (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit-Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.).