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Stanford women help U.S. U-20 soccer squad advance to semis

 

A handful of Stanford soccer players have helped the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championships in George Town, Cayman Islands.

Team USA moved on in Group A with a 10-0 victory over Guatemala on Monday. The U.S. will face Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinals, which kick off Friday.


The winner of the two semifinal matches and the third-place match on Jan. 19 qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Forward McKenzie Meehan scored three goals to lead the way for the U.S. -- the second hat trick of the tournament for the Americans after Lindsey Horan notched three in the opening match against Costa Rica.

Stanford's Stephanie Amack also tallied a goal for the USA, her first at the U-20 level.

Guatemala did not record a shot in the match as Stanford's Jane Campbell, making her first start of the tournament in goal for the USA, and defenders Laura Liedle of Stanford, Cari Roccaro, Katie Naughton, who captained the side for the evening, Maddie Bauer of Stanford, Brittany Basinger and Lauren Kaskie kept the team's third straight clean sheet.

The USA was not afraid to unleash shots from long range with Andrews going closest in the 20th minute. Her shot went narrowly wide of Franco's right post. Two minutes later, Morgan Andrews served a solid corner kick into the heart of the Guatemala box where Amack rose highest to power home her first goal of the tournament.

When the second half got underway, Bauer entered the match. Only three minutes after the restart, Liedle was hauled down on a corner kick, resulting in the second PK of the game and a 5-0 USA lead.

The USA is now 28-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 13-game winning streak dating to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in Guatemala.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/US Soccer

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