U.S. U-20 women top Group A with win over Mexico

June 22, 2008

The U.S. U-20 women's national team earned the top place in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship by defeating host Mexico, 3-0, in front of a hostile crowd at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico.

The U.S. will play Group B's second-place team, Costa Rica, at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 25, in the tournament semifinal. The other semifinal features Group B winner Canada against Mexico. The semifinal winners, along with the winner of the third-place game will earn one of the region's three berths to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile.

"Mexico provided a very big test for our team today," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. "Playing Mexico will help us prepare for Costa Rica. Both teams have good, smart and quick players who are dangerous with the ball. So, hopefully playing Mexico today will make us a better team as we head into Wednesday's game against Costa Rica."

For the U.S., Kelley O'Hara opened the scoring, with Michelle Enyeart and Nikki Washington also adding tallies.

"Coming into the game we were very concerned with the Mexican attack and we battled them well," said DiCicco. "We won today because of our defense. They have been very secure throughout the tournament and today they created opportunities for our offense to score goals."