The USA captured first place in Group D at the 2006 U-20 Women's World Championship with a 1-0 win over France Thursday at Moscow's Dynamo Stadium.
Virginia forward Jessica Rostedt
scored the game-winner with a dipping shot from 20 yards in the 61st minute to move the Americans into the quarterfinals. They face Group C
second-place finisher Germany, the 2004 U-19 world champion, on Sunday at Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. The USA-Germany clash is a rematch of the 2004 U-19s semifinals that Germany won,
3-1, in Thailand.
UCLA's Val Henderson
, the third player to start in the U.S. goal in three games, came up big with key saves on Bleuettes Elodie Thomis
, Sabrina Belannoy
and Amandine Henry
. USA-FRANCE GAME SUMMARY QUARTERFINALS:
Aug. 26 in Moscow BRAZIL-NIGERIA Renata Costa is playing in her
fourth world championship for Brazil.
The Falconets advanced with an 8-0 win over Finland (after putting 33 shots on goal). RUSSIA-CHINA
Elena Danilova, the hosts' best player, was discovered at 11 running track.
China knocked out Canada with a
1-0 win on Ma Xiaoxu's fourth goal of the tournament.
Aug. 27 in
St. Petersburg NORTH KOREA-FRANCE The surprise Koreans won all three group games, by a margin of
French star Louisa Necib is nicknamed "ZZ" after Zinedine Zidane, like her raised in
Marseilles to Algerian parents.
USA-GERMANY U.S. striker Lauren Cheney is back after missing
the first two games with an abdominal strain. Celia Okoyuno da Mbabi, born to a Cameroonian father and French mother, starred on
Germany's '04 U-19 team.