January 9, 2014
U.S. U-20 WNT roll past Costa Rica 6-0
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Lindsey Horan scored four goals, including three in the first half to lead the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica to open the 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Horan also assisted Summer Green's second-half goal, and Savannah Jordan capped of the match with a goal in the 86th minute.
The U.S. takes the lead in Group A as Guatemala and Jamaica played to a scoreless draw earlier in the day.
The USA's early persistence in the offensive third paid off in the 13th minute when Horan capitalized on a set piece for a 1-0 lead. Andi Sullivan's corner kick from the right spun in and Horan out-jumped her defender to head the ball down into the lower left corner past Costa Rica goalkeeper Mariela Vasquez.
Horan notched her second goal in the 24th minute when Mackenzy Doniak darted past her defender to cross the ball in from the right corner. The service was just out of the reach of Vasquez, setting Horan up as she redirected the ball with her right foot into the lower left corner to give the U.S. a 2-0 advantage.
The U.S. escaped unscathed from a defensive mishap late in the half after Costa Rica countered on a botched corner and U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland plowed into Costa Rica's Michelle Montero in the box to set up a penalty kick. Rowland briefly needed treatment for a bloodied nose and Montero had to come off the field to receive medical attention for her a knock on her leg. Rowland was shown a yellow card for the foul.
Costa Rica defender Noelle Sanz took the PK in the 43rd minute, but her attempt went just wide left of the goal.
Horan tallied her third goal in the second minute of first-half stoppage time. Morgan Andrews played the ball out of the midfield over the Costa Rican defense. Horan chested the ball down, and with two defenders in two and the 'keeper coming out to challenge, turned lifted her shot over Vasquez and into the net.
Green, a second-half sub for Doniak, who went off with a hand injury, got into the scoring act by connecting finished a pass from Horan's into the right corner of the six-yard box. Green calmly placed her low shot to the far left of the frame to take a 4-0 lead in the 61st minute.
In the 81st minute, Jordan scored by beating Vasquez high at the near right post. Green earned the assist from the right flank after the worked the ball free and fed Jordan inside the penalty area.
Horan scored her fourth goal in the 86th minute, a header off a looping cross from Jordan.
The U-20 WNT will face Jamaica on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO .