2 More Wins to Qualify- Major, Matson, Hoffman Top Goal Scorers

The U21 Women are off to a great start in the Junior Pan American Championship in Trinidad & Tobago!  The squad topped Pool B with three decisive victories and allowing only 1 goal.  Top-seeded Argentina claimed Pool A, outscoring opponents 30-0 through their 3 pool games.

POOL STANDINGS
POOL A
GP W D L GD P
Argentina   ARG 3 3 0 0 30 9
Chile   CHI 3 2 0 1 -2 6
Uruguay   URU 3 1 0 2 3 3
Barbados   BAR 3 0 0 3 -31 0
POOL B
GP W D L GD P
USA   USA 3 3 0 0 23 9
Canada   CAN 3 2 0 1 4 6
Trinidad & Tobago   TTO 3 1 0 2 -10 3
Mexico   MEX 3 0 0 3 -17 0

 

USA's POOL B GAME RESULTS:

GAME #1: USA 10, Trinidad & Tobago 0 (Half: 5-0)
USA Goal Scorers: Gab Major 3, Erin Matson 2, Julianna Tornetta 1, Nicole Woods 1, Tara Vittese 1, Ashley Hoffman 1, Lauren Moyer 1

GAME #2: USA 5, Canada 1 (Half: 2-1)
USA Goal Scorers: Gab Major 2, Ashley Hoffman 1, Cat Caro 1, Tara Vittese 1

GAME #3: USA 9, Mexico 0 (Half: 4-0)
USA Goal Scorers: Gab Major 2, Erin Matson 2, Ashley Hoffman 2, Margaux Paolino 1, Nicole Woods 1, Sophia Tornetta 1

 

University of North Carolina sophomore forward Gab Major has been an offensive force for the USA, tallying 7 goals through 3 pool games.  She currently ranks second among all tournament goal scorers, 2 behind Argentina's Maria Granatto, who has 9 of Argentina's 30 goals.  Unionville High School sophomore sensation Erin Matson and UNC grey shirt freshman Ashley Hoffman also rank among the top 10 goal scorers with 4 goals a piece.  Beyond the stats, Hoffman and NFHCA National Player of the Year Tara Vittese's (University of Virginia) leadership and playmaking in the midfield have been very impressive and the high press attacking and relentless play of the U.S. has been fun to watch.

 

                 TOP 10 GOAL SCORERS AFTER POOL PLAY
RANK PLAYER NAME COUNTRY GOALS
1 Maria Granatto Argentina 9
2 Gab Major USA 7
3 Sofia Toccolino Argentina 6
4 Julieta Jankunas Argentina 5
5T Alexis Dearmond Canada 4
5T Denise Krimerman Chile 4
5T Erin Matson USA 4
5T Ashley Hoffman USA 4
5T Prisciplla Jardel Mateos Argentina 4
10 Milagros Algorta Uruguay 3

 

 

NEXT UP: QUARTERFINALS

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
9:15am Argentina ARG - MEX Mexico
11:30am Canada CAN - URU Uruguay
1:45pm Chile CHI - TTO Trinidad & Tobago
4:00pm USA USA - BAR Barbados

 

Next up for Team USA is their quarterfinal match-up against Barbados, who finished at the bottom of Pool A.  A victory over Barbados will put the U.S. in the semifinal against the winner of Chile and Trinidid & Tobago.  A win in that semifinal game would secure the U.S. a qualifying spot in the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile, November 23 through December 4, 2016! (The top 2 teams qualify)

The USA have only won the Junior Pan American Championship once, in 2008.  They finished 3rd in the previous event in 2012, behind Argentina and Canada.  Argentina has won 6 of the 7 championships.

 

SEMIFINALS
Thursday, April 7th
1:45 Argentina/Mexico vs. Canada/Uruguay
4:00 USA/Barbados vs. Chile/Trinidad & Tobago
   
FINAL
Saturday, April 9th
4:00 Semifinal winners

 

 

WATCH GAMES ONLINE FREE!

You can watch the quarterfinals and each game of the championship online for free via wisports! Times shown are the same as EST.

 

                                                                   Junior Women's Pan American Championship Results
Year Location 1st  2nd  3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
2012 Guadalajara, Mexico Argentina Canada USA Chile Uruguay Venezuela Mexico Trinidad
2008 Mexico City, Mexico USA Chile Argentina Mexico Uruguay Trinidad Barbados Bermuda
2005 Puerto Rico Argentina USA Chile Canda Mexico Uruguay Barbados Jamaica
2000 Bridgetown, Barbados Argentina USA Canada Chile Barbados Trinidad Venezuela Bermuda
1997 Santiago, Chile Argentina Canada USA Chile Uruguay Barbados Bermuda Paraguay
1992 Caracas, Venezuela Argentina Trinidad Canada USA        
1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina USA Chile Uruguay Cuba Paraguay