USA cruises toward clinching U-20 Women's World Cup spot with win over Canada

A 4-0 win in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Women's U-20 Championship sends the USA to a semifinal whose winner qualifies for the 2020 U-20 Women's World Cup. On Friday, it will face host Dominican Republic, which beat Jamaica, 2-1, in the round of 16. The USA already faced the Dominican Republic in group play and won, 4-0.

UCLA's Mia Fishel scored her ninth and 10th goals of the tournament Wednesday's win over Canada, which followed victories over St. Lucia (6-0), Honduras (11-0), The Dominican Republic (4-0) and Cuba (9-0).

Naomi Girma assisted on Fishel's first goal -- heading goalkeeper Anna Karpenko's punched ball for Fishel to half-volley on the turn -- and on Brianna Pinto's goal that made it 2-0.

Kennedy Wesley poked the ball past Karpenko after latching on to Katelyn Duong's pass down the middle for the third goal. Fishel scored the fourth on a close-range header from Alexa Spaanstra's corner kick.

The USA out-shot Canada, 20-2. Goalkeeper Claudia Dickey was called on to make one save.

March 4 in Santo Domingo
USA 4 Canada 0. Goals: Fishel 35, 67; Pinto 41, Wesley 54.
USA -- Dickey, Mason, Girma, Wesley, Holmes; Nighswonger, Pinto, Duong (Smith, 55); Rodman, Fishel, Spaanstra.
Canada -- Karpenko; Boeckx, Rose, Boychuk, Novak (Portelance, 46), Shaw, Chang, Kazandijan, Walk, Williams ( Wilkinson, 57), Balata.

USA scorers (first 5 games)
2020 Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship
10 Mia Fishel (UCLA)
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6 Brianna Pinto (Univ. of North Carolina)
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4 Trinity Rodman (SoCal Blues SC)
4 own goals
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3 Summer Yates (Univ. of Washington)
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1 Katelyn Duong (Univ. of Minnesota)
1 Shae Holmes (Univ. of Washington)
1 Rebecca Jarrett (Univ. of Virginia)
1 Samantha Meza (Solar SC)
1 Alexa Spaanstra (Univ. of Virginia)
1 Sierra Enge (Stanford Univ.)
1 Kennedy Wesley (Stanford Univ.)

1 comment about "USA cruises toward clinching U-20 Women's World Cup spot with win over Canada".
  1. Bob Ashpole, March 4, 2020 at 10:47 p.m.

    I was very disappointed in the quality of play and stopped watching after 25 minutes. I fast forwarded to the first goal, watched it and then didn't watch the rest.

    IMO the level of play was not much better than a high school all star team. The field was bad, but then you just pass the ball a few inches off the ground to avoid the bumps. Apparently the players lacked the skill and experience to do that. 

    The problems were too many to be the fault of the team's coach. It does reflect poorly on USSF's program. 

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