August 27, 2012
Despite 3-0 loss to Germany, USA qualifies for U-20 WWC quarterfinals
RIFU, Japan – Despite dropping its final Group D match in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 loss to defending champion Germany, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday.
In Monday’s other Group D match, China PR defeated Ghana 1-0 to finish the group stage with four points alongside the USA. China could not make up the significant goal differential, and the U.S. advanced to the next round. The U.S. was shut out for the first time in this tournament while Germany has yet to allow a goal through three games and won Group D with nine points.
The Americans will face the Group C winner North Korea in the quarterfinal at Komaba Stadium in Saitama on Friday. North Korea defeated Canada, 2-1 on Monday. The quarterfinal match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 with coverage starting at 6:20 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
Germany got on the score sheet in the 35th minute on Lena Lotzen’s unassisted header. Germany right back Leonie Maier provided a dangerous ball toward the edge of the penalty area where U.S. defender Kassey Kallman attempted a header clearance. Kallman, however, could not get on top of the ball as it popped up for Lotzen, who beat goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin to the ball with a header that bounced once in the goal box and crossed the goal line.
Lotzen tallied her second goal in the 53rd minute on a rebound. Heaberlin saved a strike from Germany’s Lina Magull, but Lotzen followed through for her third goal of the tournament.
In the 55th minute, Germany’s Maier crossed the ball in from the right and Kallman – similar to Germany’s first goal – got a deflection on the ball but Melanie Leupolz converged for the goal and a 3-0 advantage.
Second-half sub Kealia Ohai had the USA’s first shot on goal in the 71st minute, forcing Germany goalkeeper Laura Benkarth to dive to her right for the save. Ohai also had the USA’s most dangerous attempt in the 89th minute – a strong right-footed shot that she drove past Benkarth but curled just wide left.