August 31, 2012
Sub lifts U.S. women over N. Korea in U-20 WWC quarters
SAITAMA, Japan -- Substitute Chioma Ubogagu scored in extratime to boost the United States to a 2-1 triumph over North Korea in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup on Friday.
Vanessa Di Bernardo scored for the Americans during regulation, while Kim Su Gyong did the same for the Koreans.
DiBernado took control of a bad clearance in the 52nd minute and lined a shot from more thand 25 yard past goalkeeper t O Chang Ran and into the left corner of the net.
Korea DPR found the equalizer in the 75th minute when Kim Un Hwa poked a pass to second-half sub Kim Su Gyong, who found space in the middle of the box and took a left-footed shot that hit the upper right corner past USA goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin
U.S. defender Crystal Dunn set up Ubogagu's goal with the cross from the right. Ubogagu heaed the ball in and North Korea goalkeeper O Chang Ran managed to get a right glove on the shot and it trickled over the goal line.
Heaberlin made three saves en route to the victory, and she set the tone early with a big diving save to her left against Jon Myong Hwa on a free kick in the 27th minute. O Chang Ran had seven saves for Korea DPR.
The US will play Nigeria in the semifinal on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3, with coverage starting at 1:50 a.m. CT. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.