SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s national team defeated host Dominican Republic, 4-0, in its second Group C match at the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship on Monday.
The Americans clinched a spot in the Round of 16.
U.S head coach Laura Harvey made six changes to the starting XI from the team that opened the tournament with a 9-0 victory over Cuba. The new-look line-up picked up right where the U.S. left off, as the attack dominated the hosts, outshooting Dominican Republic, 19-3. Rorward Mia Fishel bagged an early brace while forward Rebecca Jarrett and midfielder Brianna Pinto added goals.
The U.S. started strong. Two goals from Fishel and one from Jarrett saw the team jump out to a 3-0 lead in the 12th minute. Fishel’s two goals gave her a tournament-high six.
While the USA continued to push forward, Dominican Republic defended with intensity and the U.S. wouldn’t score again until midway through the second half. Jarrett assisted Pinto for the fourth and final goal.
This year’s Women’s U-20 Championship will send two teams to the U-20 Women’s World Cup, rather than the usual three, due to the World Cup being played in the Concacaf region. Hosts Costa Rica and Panama received automatic bids. Having qualified for the knockout stage, the U.S. will aim for the top spot in Group C against Honduras Wednesday before the Round of 16 kicks off on Saturday.
The U.S. wraps up group play vs. Honduras on Wednesday (6 p.m. ET).