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U.S. Under-20 women reach quarterfinals at World Cup

 

Stanford sophomore Stephanie Amack and her United States' Under-20 women's national team teammates clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, beating China, 3-0, on Tuesday in Moncton, Canada.

Lindsay Horan scored twice and assisted on the final goal as the Americans (2-1, 11-1) advance to play Korea at 2 p.m. (PT) on Saturday.

Amack, at right back, and Cardinal freshman Andi Sullivan, in the middle of the midfield, started for the U.S. Sophomore Jane Campbell is the team's back-up goalie.

Amack was a member of the 2012 Under-20 team but did not see action in the tournament. She's started all three matches this time around.

"It definitely helped me learn how to be a good teammate," Amack told ussoccer.com. "I also learned a valuable lesson on how big a role every single person on the team can have. Just saying something positive and supporting from the bench to the players on the field can make a big difference."

Horan has scored 10 goals on the season and 23 in 24 career international games for the Americans.

"Our defensive side was awesome," Horan said. "We've been so solid. Attacking-wise, we've been creating opportunities and chances for ourselves and we needed to capitalize on them."

A profile with Stephanie Amack is available here.

U.S. Senior Women's Team

Stanford grad Christen Press will join the U.S. for its game a week from Wednesday against Switzerland at Cary, North Carolina.

The game, the first ever meeting at the senior level between the countries, has been sold out since July 25.

The Swiss have already qualified for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup. The U.S. brings a 7-2-3 mark into the contest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA soccer

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