Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship: USA starts with rout over Nicaragua

The 16-year-old pro Olivia Moultrie opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and Stanford sophomore Andrea Kitahata, a halftime sub, struck twice in a 6-0 win over Nicaragua in the USA's opening game of the Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship, which serves as the region's U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament.

Coach Tracey Kevins' team outshot Nicaragua, 32-0, and led 3-0 at halftime.

Michelle Cooper scored four minutes after Moultrie finished a rebound off her shot, and Simone Jackson scored in the 17th minute. Kitahata struck five minutes after entering the game and in the 64th minute. Aidan McConnell finished off the scoring in the 87th minute.

The USA rounds out Group A play on Sunday vs. Puerto Rico and Tuesday vs. host Dominican Republic.

The top three finishers -- the two finalists and the third-place game victor -- will earn spots at the 2022 U-20 Women’s World Cup this summer in Costa Rica.

Feb. 25 in Santo Domingo
USA 6 Nicaragua 0. Goals: Moultrie 2, Cooper (Colton) 7, Jackson (Mason) 17, Kitahata 50, Kitahata (Oke) 64, McConnell 87.
USA -- Justus; Rouse (Oke, 46), Mason, McConnell, Guidry; DellaPeruta, Colton (Missimo, 46), Moultrie (Menti, 63); Jackson, Cooper (Kitahata, 46), Thompson (Byars, 74).
Nicaragua -- Garcia; L.Mejia (Altamirano, 77), Zeledo (Acuña, 60), Ariana Munguia, Perez; Merlo, Aleman (Arvizu, 46), Mena, A.Mejia (Ariana Munguia, 46), Hernandez (Navarrete, 70); Molina.
Referee: Carly Shaw-Maclaren (Canada)
Att.: 100.

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U.S. Women's Concacaf U-20 Championship Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mia Justus (Florida State; Lakewood, Ohio), Neeku Purcell (OL Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.).
DEFENDERS (8): Lauren Flynn (Florida State; Arlington, Va.), Samar Guidry (Virginia; McKinney, Texas), Emily Mason (Rutgers; Flemington, N.J.), Aidan McConnell (Wisconsin; Dexter, Mich.), Ayo Oke (California; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Avery Patterson (UNC; Jacksonville, Fla.;), Lilly Reale (UCLA; Hingham, Mass.), Laney Rouse (Virginia, Cary, N.C.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Emily Colton (UNC; Carlsbad, Calif.), Talia DellaPeruta (UNC; Cumming, Ga.), Sally Menti (Santa Clara; Seattle, Wash.) Alexis Missimo (Texas; Southlake, Texas), Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns; Wilsonville, Ore.).
FORWARDS (5): Trinity Byars (Texas; Richardson, Texas), Michelle Cooper (Duke; Clarkston, Mich.), Simone Jackson (USC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Andrea Kitahata (Stanford; Hillsborough, Calif.), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif.)

6 comments about "Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship: USA starts with rout over Nicaragua".
  1. R2 Dad, February 26, 2022 at 1:58 p.m.

    I don't know who Tracey Kevins is, other than the fact that she was never a Nats player. Doesn't USSF care enough about player development to find an ex-player to coach up our ladies?

  2. Wayne Norris replied, February 27, 2022 at 2:30 a.m.

    Why does a coach need to be a top former player?

  3. R2 Dad replied, February 27, 2022 at 2:19 p.m.

    Wayne, given that there is a complete surfeit of coaches in this country, but so few coaches that actually know how to develop players, I believe ex-players can make the best coaches--so why don't we start there? Won't an ex player be able to demonstrate a move or tactic, having done it in a competitive environment? All the technical/tactical issues Frank mentions during his weekly postings are important missed opportunities to improve our players at younger ages. Once they get older it's much more difficult. I want a coach that has the stones to tell Moultrie that if she doesn't develop a left foot in the next 2 years, there won't be a future for her on the Nats. But no one will do that. Instead, we just get faster running, further kicking, and all the headless chicken running around we ususally see at the club level.

  4. frank schoon replied, March 3, 2022 at 7:58 a.m.

    R2, Very well put......That is how it should be....

  5. Santiago 1314, February 26, 2022 at 4:21 p.m.

    It does seem strange that we have to get Coaches for USA National WOMEN'S  Team that are "Non-USA" Womens National Team Players...
    There have been so Many Good Players... What has Happened to them.??? 
    Good Article for the SA Staff to Write... "WHERE ARE THEY NOW.!!!"
    Seems like going down the List of Former National Team Players(Even if they only Played One Game) would be an Interesting Study.
    All the USWNT Players griping about Equality and Opportunity, yet they Don't or Won't take Coaching Positions...
    R@, as to Tarcey Kevins...Had to Look her Up on the Internet...
    Seems like a English Amatuer Player that got into coaching and has Worked her way thru the Levels...
    I withhold Judgment until we see the Results...

  6. Santiago 1314, February 26, 2022 at 4:27 p.m.

    I did watch the game... 
    We in a World of Trouble... So Plain Jane, Cookie Cutter Players... and this was against NICARAGUA.!?!?!?
    Only 4 players I was Intrigued by;
    11 Thompson  Lf.Fw
    8 Moultrie  #8
    10 Missimo  #8
    4 Mason  Ct.Back
    No Clue about the GK... she Never Touched the Ball.

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