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U.S. under-20 women
Cheney, Rostedt each net pair to defeat El Salvador 5-0, advance to qualifying semifinals.
CORDOBA, Mexico (January 23, 2006) -- The United States continued to roll through the CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Under-20 Final Round Qualification Tournament, using two goals apiece from strikers Lauren Cheney and Jessica Rostedt, and a single tally from defender Carrie Dew, to defeat El Salvador 5-0 to win Group B and move to within one victory of a berth in the world championships.
The U.S. (3-0, 9 points), which won its three games by a combined score of 13-1, will meet Group A runnerup Mexico (2-1, 6) in the semifinals Wednesday at Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium in Veracruz at 4 p.m. (ET). Group B runnerup Jamaica (2-1, 6) faces Group A winner Canada (3-0, 9) in Wednesday's opener at 1 p.m.
The two semifinals winners plus the victor of Friday's third-place match qualify for the world championship tournament August 16-September 2 in Russia. With both participants already booked to Russia, Friday's championship game will be played for pride and the tourney trophy.
Mexico lost to Canada 3-2 yesterday in the game that determined first place in Group A. In the other Group A game yesterday, Trinidad & Tobago (1-2, 6) posted a 3-1 decision over Panama (0-3, 0).
Jamaica rolled to a 9-0 rout of Surinam (0-3, 0) today to finish ahead of El Salvador (1-2) in Group B.
U.S. coach Tim Schulz made a number of changes in his lineup today as every American player saw a considerable amount of time on the field during the group stage. Regardless, the U.S. was again dominant, continually pushing forward and outshooting El Salvador 28-5, 13-3 on frame.
"I thought the girls played well once again and keep getting better every day, which is fantastic," Schulz said. "We stuck to our game plan all the way through and I'm very pleased. As we concentrate on Mexico in the semifinals, I don't think we change much. Everybody has played almost an equal amount of minutes, so we are fresh and ready to go. We'll need to be ready because Mexico is a crafty team up front and solid in the back. I think it will be a close game."
It took the Americans a while to take a lead before Cheney buried a service from defender Meghan Holmes to put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 28th minute. Holmes had the ball near the top of the penalty area and crossed to the top of the six-yard box for Cheney who buried her point-blank attempt into the left side of the goal.
Four minutes later, Cheney made it 2-0, again from near the six-yard box. This time, midfielder Kelly O'Hara served a cross from the right side and Cheney half-volleyed it past goalkeeper Ana Yanci Bermudez.
The U.S. took a 3-0 advantage into intermission after Dew, a center back, scored her first-ever goal for the under-20s, elevating over a defender to head home defender Sarah Wagenfuhr's curled corner kick in the 44th minute.
Rostedt finished the scoring with tallies in the 55th and 82nd minutes. On the first, midfielder Danesha Adams took the ball into the box and put a shot at goal that was deflected by a defender. The ball fell to Rostedt who promptly put away the rebound for a 4-0 lead.
Later, reserve midfielder Amanda Poach passed to just above the left side of the penalty area where Rostedt drilled a shot just inside the far right post.
"I thought the game went pretty good," Rostedt said. "I think we could have scored more, but as a team we played really well. As we get ready for Mexico, we just need to work on the things Tim has been talking to us about and relax. Mexico is one of the toughest teams, but we know that if we play as a team we have a good chance of qualifying for the World Championship."
U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez was suspended for the match after her red card in Saturday's 4-0 whitewash of Surinam.
United States 5, El Salvador 0
Lineups: United States - Val Henderson, Sarah Wagenfuhr, Carrie Dew - captain (Kasey Moore 46), Stephanie Logterman, Meagan Holmes, Brittany Taylor, Brittany Bock (Amanda Poach 46), Lindsey Beam, Kelley O'Hara, Lauren Cheney (Danesha Adams 46), Jessica Rostedt. El Salvador - Ana Yanci Bermudez, Elizabeth Irma Coto Garcia, Elena Cristina Caceres (captain), Ana Silvas Chicas (Adriana Melissa Flores 65), Patricia Gabriela Cardona, Patricia Elizabeth Campos, Milagro Del Carmen Fuentes, Jael Eunice Gomez, Miriam Patricia León Serpas, Celenia Floridalma Rodriguez (Jenny Carolina Urias 80), Ana Del Carmen Najarro.
Scoring: United States - Cheney (Holmes) 28. United States - Cheney (O'Hara) 32. United States - Dew (Wagenfuhr) 44. United States - Rostedt (Adams) 55. United States - Rostedt (Poach) 82.
Shots: United States 28, El Salvador 5. Shots on goal: United States 13, El Salvador 3. Saves: United States 3, El Salvador 8. Corner kicks: United States 17, El Salvador 2. Fouls: United States 15, El Salvador 20. Offside: United States 4, El Salvador 2. Yellow card: El Salvador - unidentified player 41.
Referee: Shane de Silva (Trinidad & Tobago). Assistant referees: Cindy Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago), Charlene Douglas (Canada). Attendance: 1,000 at Rafael Murillo Vidal Stadium in Córdoba, Mexico Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees.
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