Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship: USA outshoots first three foes 92-1

A Dominican Republic shot that missed by far in its 7-0 loss was the first the USA allowed in its three Group E games at the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship. Wednesday's win, in which the USA had 38 shots, came after victories over Puerto Rico (7-0) and Nicaragua (6-0), and sends Coach Tracey Kevins' team into a round of 16 clash against Suriname on Friday.

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. The USA is unlikely to face a serious test until the semifinals, when it will probably clash with Canada -- the only team on the USA's side of the bracket that has ever qualified for the U-20 World Cup. 

Andrea Kitahata opened the scoring against the Dominican Republic, her fourth strike that ties her with teammate Avery Patterson as tournament leading scorer. Alexis Missimo scored her second and third goal of the tournament. Talia DellaPeruta, Emily Colton and Simone Jackson scored the other three. 

March 1 in Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic 0 USA 7. Goals: Kitahata (McConnell) 33, Missimo (Kitahata) 35, Missimo (Rouse) 41, own goal (Marte) 47, DellaPeruta 58, Colton 78, Jackson (McConnell) 90+2.
Dominican Republic --
Peña (Gomez, 46); Colon, Pacheco, Then, Marte, Gil; Espinal (Torreira, 62), Herrera, Ventura (Diaz, 77), Morel (Clase, 69); Matos (Vargas, 62).
USA --
Justus; Rouse (Oke, 63), McConnell, Reale (Flynn, 47), Guidry; Mason (DellaPeruta, 47), Moultrie, Missimo (Colton, 63); Kitahata, Byars (Patterson, 47), Jackson.
Referee: Marianela Araya (Costa Rica)

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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.)

7 comments about "Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship: USA outshoots first three foes 92-1".
  1. Santiago 1314, March 2, 2022 at 1:47 a.m.

    #19 "Kit" showed a few moments of Sparkle on the Right Wing... Some good 1v1 and nice Shot
    Team seems to be Playing with a False #9... #18 & #6... Neither does much, and we don't have anyone in the Box to Finish...
    #13 at Left Back is a Turnover Machine on her 1st Touch.
    I suggest #5 REALE at Left Back.(she was hitting some Great 50 yard Left Footed Switches)

    Thompson ----- Patterson ------ Kit
    REALE.                                       Oke
                   Flynn.    McConnell 
                       * GK ??? *

  2. frank schoon replied, March 2, 2022 at 7:59 a.m.

    Santi, why bother with a formation. All you need is 4 players with this competition....
    one goalie, one defender, one midfielder, one striker......

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, March 2, 2022 at 10:47 p.m.

    Not sure we would need the GK, until the Semis

  4. frank schoon replied, March 3, 2022 at 9:38 a.m.

    LOLOLOLOLOLOOL, Santi that is funny!!!

  5. uffe gustafsson, March 2, 2022 at 7:35 p.m.

    Well a good goalie would help a lot.
    but remember those countries are very behind in womens soccer only time will help them to improve.
    just look at spains national team how fast they improved.

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, March 2, 2022 at 10:13 p.m.

    Spain's change represents huge social progress which outside of Mexico, I don't know who would compare. Also Spain has money for soccer. A lot of CONCACAF doesn't have sufficient money to fund its men's program. That is the real shame of CONCACAF corruption.

  7. frank schoon replied, March 3, 2022 at 9:45 a.m.

    Bob, realize Spain is part of Europe and that is why all the European teams seem to have decent women soccer teams. 

    Yes, it has money, but don't tell me that South American soccer coming from second and third world level countries play better soccer because of money....No, it comes down to playing lots of pickup and thus have better handling skills. Women don't play pickup and that's a problem too. And therefore Europe with more are able to help women soccer...But I think it's not money so much as it is culture in those countries and is reflected more in the 'machisimo'

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