USA show class as they progress to semis in style

May 19, 2017


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In the final day of group games, The USA met Spain knowing a draw would ensure qualification for the semi final and victory would give them a chance of topping the group. Sweden meet France in the other Group A tie later this afternoon.


23 seconds into the match and the deadlock was broken. Raylene Larot of the USA carried the ball down the right, cut inside, swept the ball from right foot to left foot and lofted the ball into the top corner.

The USA dominated possession for the entire first half, and added their second goal five minutes later. Erika Lum took the corner, played a neat one-two with Jessica Cowart, dribbled in between two Spanish defenders and finished calmly past Alba Valencia in the Spanish goal.

The USA added a third goal through Ellie Pope a minute later, before Raleigh Loughman added a fourth with a thumping strike from the edge of the box.

The fifth goal came courtesy of Jillian Jordan, followed by Jessica Sanchez adding a sixth. Goal number seven was scored by Cowart, a long range drive fired right into the bottom corner.

The goals were coming thick and fast, and the USA added two goals inside a minute thanks to a quick double from Ellie Pope.The second was a great team move with all five players involved.

Half time was approaching as Sanchez scored her second of the game to make it double figures before the break.


Half Time: Spain 0-10 USA


Shortly after the interval, Larot added her second with an exquisite backheel. Raleigh Loughman provided a magical dancing run down the right side side before squaring the ball to Larot, and her backheel flick was a very cute finish.

Jordan added number twelve for the USA before Lum chipped in number thirteen to further extend the lead for the USA.

Lum stabbed the ball in from a yard to make it fourteen, Larot then scored her third shortly after before Lum scored again for goal number sixteen. A fantastic team move finished off by a elegant chip.

The USA were going for as many goals as possible, Katelyn Nebesnick scored after a lay-off by Loughman, followed quickly by Maricela Padilla firing one in from the edge of the box.

Full Time: Spain 0-18 USA

Spain: 10 - Núria Farrán, 3 - Thais Farrán, 9 - Marta Enrich, 6 - Marta Pla, 1 - Alba Valencia, 23 - Andrea Agudo, 7 - Tania Garcia.


MVP: Alba Valencia - Despite the number of goals the USA scored, it could of been double the amount if it wasn't for her saves.


Team B: 1- Raylene Larot, 2- Veronica Cashman, 3- Gabriella Batmani, 5- Julie Meurer, 6- Emily Kuo, 7- Katelyn Nebesnick, 8- Maricela Padilla, 9- Erika Lum, 10- Jessica Cowart, 11- Alejandra Palominos Maldonado, 12- Raleigh Loughman, 13- Ellie Pope, 14- Jillian Jordan, 17- Jessica Sanchez, 18 – Jillian Jordan


MVP: Jessica Cowart - She was at the heart of most USA attacks and she never misplaced a pass all game.




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