Region III Allison Smith gets a hat trick against Trinidad and Tobago
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls competed in their first international games today in San Jose, Costa Rica, as part of the Torneo Femenino Internacional.
US Youth Soccer Region I played the home team Costa Rica this afternoon. The Costa Rican media and many fans were on site to cheer on the girls. Allison Walton scored first and then assisted Stephanie Piperno's goal with a cross. Kristi Abbate scored the third goal for Region I. Costa Rica scored off a corner kick with a header in the second half. Afterwards there were several opportunities for both teams, but neither was able to finish. Emily Armstrong, Region I's goalkeeper, made two great saves.
US Youth Soccer Region II responded well against the pressure from the Under-20 Chile National Team. The game was very physical, but the defense continued to challenge. Chile won 4:0.
"Players in our country and younger players solve problems as individuals and physically. Hopefully, today they learned to fix problems tactically and together. You attack in numbers and defend with numbers," said Region II Assistant Coach Paul Webster. "The girls kept playing and stayed positive, but didn't figure out how to play in numbers. We played some of our best soccer in the second. If they take care of their bodies today, I expect them to play much better ball tomorrow because they want to succeed."
US Youth Soccer Region III dominated their game against Trinidad and Tobago, winning 9:1. Taylor Swift scored early in the second starting the game off at a fast pace. Trinidad and Tobago tied the game at 1:1. Region III reorganized and Gilda Doria found the back of the net in the 17th minute. After that the goals came quickly as Region III found their beat and took advantage of the finishing opportunities that they had been missing at the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional. Morgan Brian scored in the 20th and was followed by a goal in the 32nd by Allison Smith. Smith came out strong again in the second half and completed her hat trick with goals in the 59th and 64th. Shelby Payne (76:00) and Tess Payton (81:00) finished the game with goals of their own.
US Youth Soccer Girls 1993 Region III is playing with 12 players from the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional and six new players from the US Youth Soccer U15/U16 Developmental Camp. Assistant Coach Aaron Metzger said, "The six new players started slow and were able to adjust. This week they will be beneficial to our game." Region III recognized that they played very well at the Thanksgiving Interregional, but they were unable to take advantage of finishing opportunities. They hope this new mix of players will communicate and work together, so far the team appears to be on the right track.
Region IV beat Honduras 8:0 this afternoon. Goal scorers included, Kate Parchinski (5:00), Alex Bailey (7:00) (54:00), Lo'eau Labonta (21:00), Vania Robles (44:00), Sandra Ley (62:00), Caroline Bawner (70:00).
"As a region, we are very pleased with the performances as individuals and as a whole. They responded very well to their first international game and their first game against a national team. They also responded well to the ambitions of Region IV," said Jason Goodson, US Youth Soccer Region IV's team coach.
"We asked the team to grow as players, young ladies and human beings, not only because of the life experiences that the trip provides, but also the competition. This being their first international game, that is what we ask of them," said Goodson.
April 5, 2008 | Torneo Femenino Internacional
Region I vs. Costa Rica, 3:1
Goal Scorers: Allie Walton, Stephanie Piperno and Kristie Abbate
Region II vs. Chile, 0:4
Region III vs. Trinidad and Tobago, 9:1
Goal Scorers: Taylor Smith (2:00), Gilda Doria (17:00), Morgan Brian (20:00), Allison Smith (32:00) (59:00) (64:00), Shelby Payne (76:00) and Tess Patton (81:00)
Region IV vs. Honduras, 8:0
Goal Scorers: Kate Parchinski (5:00), Alex Bailey (7:00) (54:00), Lo'eau Labonta (21:00), Vania Robles (44:00), Sandra Ley (62:00), Caroline Bawner (70:00)
Tomorrow, Region III plays Honduras and Region II plays Trinidad and Tobago at 10 a.m. and Region I plays Chile and Region IV plays Costa Rica at 3 p.m. Also on Sunday night all five countries will participate in the tournament's Cultural Night, which allows the teams to learn more about each other's countries and customs.
US Youth Soccer ODP, designed to identify and develop a pool of players from which U.S. National Teams may be selected, is the original ODP program. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the former Women's United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. And, with programs in all 55 State Associations as well as regional and national championships and participation in international tournaments, US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development.
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