American U-20 women's team loses soccer opener to Germany

The United States Under-20 women's national soccer team had its nine-game winning streak to start the season end on Tuesday in a 2-0 setback to Germany at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship in Edmonton, Canada.

The Americans, with Stanford sophomores Stephanie Amack and Jane Campbell and freshman Andi Sullivan, will return Friday to play Brazil.

Amack and Sullivan started the match, while Campbell, a goalkeeper, was not used in the contest.

"A lot transition moments for both teams, which we expected from Germany," U.S. coach Michelle Friend said. "I think we created some good opportunities; we just didn't get on the end of them. Moving forward that will be something that will be key for us for the rest of the tournament."

The game was a rematch of the 2012 FIFA U-20 championship match in which the United States beat the Germans.

The Americans outshot Germany, 21-18, including a 16-13 advantage in shots on goal. German goalkeeper Meike Kaemper stopped all 16 shots while Team USA's Katelyn Rowland recorded 10 saves.

"I actually think our team feels more confident because we created a lot of chances," American defender Cari Roccaro said. "We had 16 shots on goal and 21 shots overall and I think we were in their defensive half quite a bit. It was a really good game. It's not like we were dominated."

In the 11th minute, the U.S. mounted an attack down the right side. Margaret Purce set up forward Lindsey Horan, who received the ball in the middle of the box.

Horan aimed for the right side of the goal, and Kaemper halted her momentum to the right and crossed over to her left to bat the ball away for the save.

"Our whole team created a lot of opportunities and obviously I'm a little disappointed with myself because I couldn't finish those, but overall I'm happy how we played," Horan said. "Creating that many opportunities against a great team like Germany is a really good step for us."

In the 38th minute, center back Katie Naughton cleared the ball away with her left leg just in front of the goal line when Rowland came out of the box in an attempt to clear the ball. Her redirect clipped the right post, but it was just enough to keep the match scoreless heading into halftime.

Lena Petermann and Theresa Panfil each scored in the second half to give Germany the win in Group B play.

In stoppage time, USA second-half sub Summer Green attempted to get her team back into the match, but her curling left-footed shot hit the left post.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA soccer


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