The group stage of the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup has concluded, and in its final round, Cal South alumna Kiana Palaciosscored twice to guarantee the Mexican National Team a berth in the Quarterfinals. The two goals would bring her up to three goals in the tournament.
The former Slammers player notched the opening goal in the fourth minute of the match, giving Mexico the lead early on against Venezuela. But within minutes, Palacios came back around and extended Mexico’s lead to 2-0 by the 10th minute.
However, Venezuela turned the game around in the second half, scoring two goals in the 55th and 83rd minutes. Luckily for Mexico, Natalia Villarreal gave El Tri the 3-2 win in stoppage time. Aside from Palacios, Jacqueline Crowther started for Mexico, while Annia Mejia also made an appearance, coming onto the match in the 85th minute.
Over in Group D, the United States earned a 1-1 draw with Ghana, clinching their spot in the Quarterfinals. Ashley Sanchez started and played until the 89th minute when fellow Cal South alumna Natalie Jacobs replaced her. Savannah DeMelo and Marley Canales did not play.
With the win, Mexico finished in second place of Group C, coming in just below reigning champions Germany. The United States finished first in Group D, and will now have to play in a CONCACAF Clasico against Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 10 pm PT.
The U.S U-17 Women’s National Team that includes six Cal South players will be returning home after being eliminated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Jordan. The U.S fell for the second consecutive match, this time in a 3-2 loss to defending champion Japan.
With Cal South’s Karina Rodriguez, Kiara Pickett and Ashley Sanchez in the starting line-up, the U.S. went out in search for the much needed win in order to advance out of group stage. So Cal Blues’ Sanchez gave the U.S hope when she scored the opening goal in the 33th minute of the game. However, powerhouse Japan would make a comeback in the second half, scoring in the 53rd, 75th and 77th minutes.
With the match and the tournament slipping away by the 90th minute, the U.S was awarded a penalty kick late in the game. Sanchez then buried the ball into the back of the net to seal the 3-2 score, scoring her second goal of the game and her third in the tournament.
Though Team USA started off the tournament on a high note with a 6-1 win over Paraguay, they were unable to add more points to their name in Group D, falling in their next two games and finishing third in their group with just three points.
Cal South alumnae Jacqueline Crowther and Kiana Palacios scored one goal apiece for the Mexican National Team, lifting the team to their first three points in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that is taking place in Papua New Guinea. Five additional Cal South players also had activity in the first round of group play.
In Monday morning’s match between Mexico and Korea Republic, both Crowther and Palacios were starters for The Tricolor in their first match at the National Football Stadium. While the first half went scoreless, the second half would change in favor of the Mexican squad. Crowther notched the first goal of the match in the 56th minute after pushing in a loose ball into the back of the net, scoring her fourth international goal.
Right before the game ended in the 89th minute, Palacios would seal the final 2-0 score in favor of Mexico with a left-footed strike from inside the box, also notching her fourth international goal. With the first three points in the bag, Mexico sits in second place in Group D, just below Germany, team that they will square off against in their second group stage match this Wednesday at 10 pm PT.
Meanwhile, Beach FC’s Savannah DeMelo and So Cal Blues’ Ashley Sanchez added minutes in the U-20 Women’s World Cup in the United States’ scoreless match with France at Png Football Stadium. While Sanchez went the full 90 minutes against a tough French squad, DeMelo came on to the match in the 65th minute. Cal South alumna Natalie Jacobs and Marley Canales did not have activity.
Team USA will now have to fight to move on in the next stage of the tournament, currently sitting in third place. Their next opponent, New Zealand, leads Group C after defeating Ghana in the first round of play. The United States have won a tournament high of three U-20 World Cups along with Germany, who is the current reigning champion.
After coming up big in their first match in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. U-17 took their first loss of the year, falling 2-1 to Ghana on Tuesday morning at the King Abdullah II International Stadium in Jordan. With this result, the US puts their qualification to the next round at risk, having to win their third and final game in the group phase, a match set against powerhouse Japan on Friday at 9:00 AM (PT).
Coach BJ Snow trusted his previous line-up and came out with the same girls that included Cal South’s Karina Rodriguez, Kiara Pickett, Ashley Sanchez and Kate Wiesner, who was replaced by Kennedy Wesley in the 57th minute.
Team USA started off the game with a goal in the fifth minute scored by Frankie Tagliaferri, and we’re able to maintain ball possession, but we’re heavily attacked by a Ghana team that continuously came closer to the equalizer. Coming back to the second half, Ghana did just that, earning the equalizer in the 63rd minute. With the game within minutes of ending, Ghana was awarded a penalty kick that Sandra Owusu-Ansah was able to put away.
Four Cal South players have been selected to the United States U-20 Women’s National Team 21-player roster for the upcoming 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Papua New Guinea from Nov. 13-Dec. 3.
Under-20 head coach Michelle French has called up players from four different Cal South teams; Marley Canales will represent San Diego Surf, Beach FC will have Savannah DeMelo, Ashley Sanchez will represent So Cal Blues, and Natalie Jacobs will represent her former club Slammers FC, now currently at Notre Dame.
Sanchez, a regular in U.S Women’s World Cup rosters, will be participating in her second World Cup this year, recently finishing her participation with the U-17 Women’s National Team where the squad was eliminated in the group phase.
Team USA will open the tournament as they face France on Nov. 14, followed by New Zealand on Nov. 17, and finishing the group stage against Ghana on Nov. 21. All games will be broadcast on the FOX family of networks.
U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Madeline Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Taylor Otto (North Carolina; Apex, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Courtney Petersen (Virginia; Canton, Mich.), Parker Roberts (Florida; Leawood, Kansas)
FORWARDS (4): Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues: Monrovia, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Cal South’s Kiara Pickett, Ashley Sanchez, Kate Wiesner and Karina Rodriguez helped lead the U.S U-17 Women’s National Team to a 6-1 win over Paraguay in their first group phase match of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. Aside from the win, Sanchez, a regular in all Women’s National Teams, was named Player of the Match.
So Cal Blues was well represented through Rodriguez and Sanchez, the latter scoring her first goal of the tournament, as well as providing an assist to Eagles SC’s Pickett in the 69th minute. Pickett also earned an assist early on in the game, serving Civana Kuhlmann to the second goal of the match. Slammers FC’s Weisner assisted in the third goal, also to Kuhlmann, in the 49th minute.
So Cal Blues goalkeeper Hillary Beall and defender Kennedy Wesley were among the 18-player roster for this match.
The US will now have to prepare to face Ghana, who fell 5-0 in their first match of the tournament to Japan. This match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday at 6:00 AM (PT).