U.S. U-17 Women’s Youth National Team Advances To Round Of 16 In World Cup Qualifying With 13-0 Win Against Puerto Rico

SAN CRISTÓBAL, Dominican Republic (April 25, 2022) – The USA U-17 women’s national youth team secured their place in the round of 16 of the Concacaf women’s U-17 championship after beating Puerto Rico 13-0. Five goals from forward Amalia Villarreal and a hat-trick from midfielder Claire Hutton led the US attack as the team scored five goals in the first half and eight in the second, setting a US record for fourth all-time goals by a youth World Cup set qualifier.

Villarreal’s five goals set a US record for most goals scored in a single game of all ages and levels scored a veritable hat-trick in the space of six minutes as she hit the net three times from the 57th to the 62nd minute.

With the top three teams in each of the four groups progressing to the Round of 16, the USA secured their place in the knockout rounds with one group match remaining, scheduled for 27 ViX) at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo.

US head coach Natalia Astrain made nine starting line-up changes against Grenada in the tournament’s first game on April 23, and the US attack didn’t miss a beat.

The young Americans wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as midfielder Lauren Martinho scored in the sixth minute. Villarreal then began a memorable afternoon in the 11thth minute with a powerful right foot kick across her body from seven meters away. The Americans tripled their lead with a goal from winger Taylor Suarez in the 21st minuteSt minute before Hutton changed her name in the 34thth. Villarreal then ended the half with their second goal of the night, firing a brilliant flick from the edge of the box to freeze the goalkeeper on her line.

After opening the second half over Hutton in the 51st minute, USA scored six goals over the next 13 minutes, including Villarreal’s three-goal rampage in six minutes to complete their five-goal tally. Hutton followed up on that feat when she completed her hat-trick in the 65th. Two minutes later, Suarez scored her second goal of the evening – adding to her two assists – after expertly turning her defender near the left corner of the box and beating the keeper with a powerful long-range punch.

After Nicollette Kiorpes came on as a substitute, she scored her second goal of the tournament in the 70th minuteth minute before defenseman Nicola Fraser, daughter of former USA international and Colorado Rapids head coach Robin Fraser, put the finishing touches to the game in the 84th minuteth, pounced on a poor clearance from a corner kick and buried a hard shot from four yards out. She turned 11th other goalscorer of the tournament for USA.

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GOAL SCORING HISTORY:

USA – Lauren Martinho (Mia Oliaro), 6th minute – After a great combination game, Oliaro split the defense with a great pass from the right to Martinho, who ran in the middle of the goal. She took a touch and fired her left foot towards the right side netting to open the goal from 12 yards out. USA 1, PUR 0

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Claire Hutton), 11th minute – Hutton dribbled across the field and sent a through ball to Villarreal into the right side of the box. Villarreal’s angle was tight but she unleashed a powerful right-footed shot across her body to hit the end of the net from seven yards out. USA 2, PUR 0

USA – Taylor Suarez, 21st minute – Amalia Villarreal landed at the end of a cross and headed off the frame as she collided with a defender. The shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, but Suarez launched himself at the rebound and, on a difficult chance, put a clean volley into the open net from eight yards out. USA 3, PUR 0

USA – Claire Hutton (Taylor Suarez), 34th minute – After a short corner from the right, Suarez delivered a precise cross from just inside the corner of the box, which Hutton headed in mid-air to smash the keeper into the bottom left corner from seven yards out. USA 4, PUR 0

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Riley Jackson), 39th minute – Jackson found Villarreal with a pass at the top of the box and slightly to the left. Villarreal took a touch inside and placed a powerful flick in the top right corner for their second goal of the night. USA 5, PUR 0

USA – Claire Hutton (Amalia Villarreal), 51st minute – After a dangerous cross into the box, Villarreal collected the ball near the goal line after struggling with a defender and played it back into the center of the box for Hutton, who fired just outside the penalty spot. USA 6, PUR 0

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Lauren Martinho), 57th minute – After putting a long ball into the box at the end, Martinho and Villarreal ran on goal together. Martinho’s shot attempt was blocked by the keeper but Villarreal completed the rebound on their first touch from around six yards. USA 7, PUR 0

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Claire Hutton), 60th minute – Hutton forced a rally in midfield and played a through ball against Villarreal. She took a touch to round the keeper inside and then another to smack a defender before blasting the ball into the open net from about eight yards. USA 8, PUR 0

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Alyssa Gonzales), 61st minute – Gonzalez, a centre-back, played a left-footed ball into the box to find Villarreal behind the defence. She dropped the ball with her first touch and pocketed a right-footed half-volley from the penalty spot for her fifth goal. USA 9, PUR 0

USA – Claire Hutton (Taylor Suarez), 65th minute – Suarez played a cross from the left flank into the box which Hutton found and completed with a right footed shot from eight yards out to complete their hat-trick. USA 10, PUR 0

USA – Taylor Suarez (Riley Jackson), 67th minute – Suarez received the ball from Jackson in the left corner of the box and turned her defender around before firing a powerful right foot shot into the top left corner for her second of the night. USA 11, PUR 0

USA – Nicollette Kiorpes (Riley Jackson), 70th minute – Jackson timed a run perfectly and landed in the box on the right at the end of a long ball. From there she crossed the ball into the middle of the penalty area to substitute Kiorpes, who shot from close range. USA 12, PUR 0

USA – Nicola Fraser, 84th minute – After a corner from the left that aimed at the back post, Fraser pounced on a poor save by a Puerto Rican defender, burying a powerful right foot shot from four yards out for her first goal of the tournament. USA 13, PUR 0

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

  • With her five goals, Amalia Villarreal became the fourth player to score three or more goals in a single game at the tournament and the first to score five.
  • With her hat-trick, Claire Hutton became the fifth player to score three goals in a single game at the tournament.
  • Hutton and Villarreal are level on points at the top of the table with five goals each after two games.
  • Six different players scored in today’s win while six different players recorded assists. In their last game on April 23 against Grenada, nine different players scored while nine provided assists.
  • In her first start, midfielder Lauren Martinho scored her second goal of the tournament and added her second assist.
  • Forward Taylor Suarez scored her first goal of the tournament to become her 10th goalth Player to score in just two games for the team.
  • After Nicola Fraser’s goal, USA now had 11 different goalscorers in two games, while 13 different players provided an assist.
  • Making her international debut, defender Alyssa Gonzales scored her first assist of the tournament while playing the full 90 minutes.
  • Fraser became the second daughter of a former United States men’s national team player to score in international games for United States, joining Vanessa DiBernardo whose father Angelo played for United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Midfielder Riley Jackson made her international debut with three assists, the most in a single game of the tournament. Onyeka Gamero and Taylor Suarez each registered three assists in the team’s 20-0 win over Grenada on April 23.
  • Goalkeeper Abigail Gundry, who scored the shutout, and defender Gisele Thompson also made their U-17 debuts in the game.

-USA U17 Women’s Youth National Team Match Report-

Game: United States U20 Women’s National Youth Team v Puerto Rico

Date: April 25, 2022
Contest: Concacaf Women’s U17 Championship

Venue: Estadio Panamericano; San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

Participation: 50

Kick off: 4 p.m. ET

Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy, windy

Points overview: 1 2 F

United States 5 8 13

PURE 0 0 0

USA – Lauren Martinho (Mia Oliaro) 6thth minute

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Claire Hutton) 11th

USA – Taylor Suarez 21

USA – Claire Hutton (Taylor Suarez) 34

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Riley Jackson) 39

USA – Claire Hutton (Amalia Villarreal) 51

USA – Amalia Villarreal 57

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Claire Hutton) 61

USA – Amalia Villarreal (Alyssa Gonzales) 62

USA – Claire Hutton (Taylor Suarez) 65

USA – Taylor Suarez (Riley Jackson) 67

USA – Nicollette Kiorpes (Riley Jackson) 70

USA – Nicola Fraser 84

Lineups:

United States of America; 1-Abigail Gundry; 20 – Gisele Thompson, 17 – Alyssa Gonzalez, 2 – Nicola Fraser, 5 – Keegan Schmeiser; 13 – Claire Hutton, 19 – Lauren Martinho (15 – Shae Harvey, 62), 7 – Riley Jackson (Captain) (10 – Mia Bhuta, 77); 6 – Mia Oliaro (11 – Nicollette Kiorpes, 46), 16 – Amalia Villarreal (14 – Melina Rebimbas, 62), 9 – Taylor Suarez

Unused Subs: 3-Savannah King, 4-Cameron Roller, 8-Charlotte Kohler, 12-Victoria Safradin, 18-Onyeka Gamero

Head Coach: Natalia Astrain

PURE: 1-Ariana Anderson (12-Alondra Iriarte, 46); 13-Jazira Gonzalez, 2-Andrea Haddock, 17-Maya Berndt (Capt.) (8-Kiara Aguayo Castillo, 46), 14-Bianca Arraiza, 3-Eva Andersen; 7-Valeria Luzio (19-Marilia Nieves-Melchor, 46), 20-Aleah Rivera, 9-Peyton Chinones (16-Madison Krakower, 77), 5-Alejandra Lopez; 18-Rachel Baez

Unused Subs: 4-Sofia Colon-Gonzalez, 6-Elismarih Gonzalez, 10-Ashley McMahon, 11-Indigo Sims, 15-Fabiola Martinez

Head coach: Sergio Castro

Statistics overview: USA / PUR

Shots: 43/0

Shots on target: 26/0

Saved: 0 / 13

Corners: 11/0

Fouls: 8/2

Offside: 9/0

Summary of Misconduct:

none

Officer:

Referee: Karen Hernandez (MEX)

1St Assistant Referee: Ivett Santiago (CUB)

2nd Assistant Referee: Nikesha Gage (ATG)

4th Official: Myriam Marcotte (CAN)

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