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Under-20 soccer team's trip to FIFA World Cup cut short

 

There's some good news and some bad news for the Stanford women's soccer team. The good news being sophomores Jane Campbell and Stephanie Amack and freshman Andi Sullivan will be rejoining the Cardinal sooner than expected.

The bad news being those players were all part of the U.S. Under-20 women's national team that was eliminated from the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup because of a 3-1 loss, in penalty kicks, to Korea DPR on Saturday at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok saved three of the USA's four penalty kicks, and Rim Se Ok's penalty served as the winner to push North Korea into the semifinals against either Nigeria or New Zealand on Wednesday.

Makenzy Doniak scored the USA's goal in regulation for her first goal in the tournament and second international tally at the U-20 level.

The USA had its chances to find a game-winning goal in regulation and overtime. Some of the better opportunities included a Mallory Pugh volley over the crossbar in the 69th minute, and two Lindsey Horan free kicks that hit the North Korea wall in the 83rd and 105th minutes.

"I'm just proud of the way that they fought and battled and played with an American spirit," U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French said. "Hats off to a very skilled North Korea team, who were exceptional in the things they wanted to do to be successful."

The U.S. and Korea DPR also needed overtime to decide the quarterfinal winner of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The USA's Chioma Ubogagu, now a senior at Stanford, scored a 98th-minute winner to lift the USA to a 2-1 victory against North Korea to advance to that tournament's semifinal stage and eventually the title.

The USA had an unfortunate giveaway from midfield and Korea DPR took advantage. Ri Hyang Sim and Jon Ryon Hwa quickly pushed into the attack, and Kim Mi Gyong played a dangerous cross that was out of the reach of U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland for an interception.

North Korea's Ri Un Sim collected and shot, and the ball deflected off of Amack's left arm, which resulted in a yellow card. Defender Jon So Yon took the subsequent penalty kick. Her left-footed attempt was read well by Rowland, who anticipated correctly to her left, but the shot tipped her glove and went into the right side of the frame.

In the penalty kick phase, the U.S. started first, and Savannah Jordan, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle, the team's first three shooters, each saw their attempts saved by Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok. She anticipated correctly on all three attempts.

Amack kept her team alive with a confident shot to the lower left to cut it to 2-1, but North Korea would win on its next attempt.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA soccer

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