SAN CRISTÓBAL, Dominican Republic – The U.S. Under-20 women’s youth national team broke open a close game by scoring five second-half goals to register a 6-0 quarterfinal victory over Haiti in the Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship on Tuesday afternoon.
Six players scored for the USA as defender Emily Mason, midfielder Talia DellaPeruta and forwards Alyssa Thompson, Simone Jackson, Avery Patterson and Michelle Cooper contributed goals.
The Americans advanced to face Puerto Rico in the semifinals on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. The winner will clinch an automatic berth to the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. The game will be a rematch after the teams faced off in the group stage on Feb. 27, a 7-0 victory for the USA.
Against a Haiti team defending in a low block, the USA struck early as Mason opened the scoring with a header from six yards to finish a corner kick from midfielder Olivia Moultrie in the eighth minute. The goal was the lone tally in the first half as Haiti valiantly withstood the Americans’ relentless attack.
Thompson made it 2-0 only five minutes after the break. The USA came close to adding another six minutes later, but Cooper sent her penalty attempt wide of the goal after she was taken down inside the box.
The miss turned out to a momentary setback as Jackson tallied in the 68th minute, off a long ball behind the defense from center back Lilly Reale. The U.S. scored again in the 78th minute after DellaPeruta converted from the penalty spot despite a four-minute delay between the initial call and a completed VAR check to confirm the foul.
In the 87th minute, another long ball from Reale kick-started an attacking sequence that culminated in Patterson’s goal from three yards. Across from Missmio on the right flank and a good effort from forward Trinity Byars kept the ball alive inside the box before Patterson finished. The USA added its closing score in the third minute of stoppage time when Byars sent in a low cross for Patterson inside the box. Pattersongot a touch on the ball to set up Cooper for her goal.
The U.S. team wore black armbands in remembrance of Katie Meyer, the former U.S. youth national team player and Stanford goalkeeper who took her own life last week.