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.
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|
|5T||Prisciplla Jardel Mateos||Argentina||4|
NEXT UP: QUARTERFINALS
|Tuesday, April 5, 2016|
|9:15am||ARG - MEX|
|11:30am||CAN - URU|
|1:45pm||CHI - TTO|
|4:00pm||USA - BAR|
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.
Thursday, April 7th
|1:45||Argentina/Mexico vs. Canada/Uruguay|
|4:00||USA/Barbados vs. Chile/Trinidad & Tobago|
Saturday, April 9th
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|
|2008||Mexico City, Mexico||USA||Chile||Argentina||Mexico||Uruguay||Trinidad||Barbados||Bermuda|
|1988||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina||USA||Chile||Uruguay||Cuba||Paraguay|