Stengel's Brace Helps U.S. U-20s Past Cuba 6-0
March 4, 2012
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Wake Forest sophomore Katie Stengel scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the U.S. Under-20 National Soccer Team defeated Cuba 6-0 Sunday in its second match of the group stage of the CONCACAF Championship at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez in Panama City, Panama.
Stengel scored the opening goal, which held up as the game-winner, in the fifth minute, collecting a pass from Chi Ubogagu at the top of the 18-yard box and striking a low shot that found its way inside the right post.
The Demon Deacon forward added another tally in the 38th minute, dribbling past a number of Cuban defenders to break free into the box from the left side before slotting a shot underneath the goalkeeper. With the Americans holding a comfortable 4-0 lead, Stengel was replaced by Lindsey Horan to start the second half.
Stengel has totaled three goals in the Yanks' first two matches, tied with Horan for the most on the American squad and the second-most in the tournament so far behind Mexico's Natalia Gomez Junco who has netted four goals.
Maya Hayes also scored twice for the U.S. in the match, with Ubogagu and Vanessa DiBernardo adding a goal apiece.
The U.S. squad looks primed to qualify for the semifinals after securing the maximum six points and a +12 goal differential through its first two matches. The top three finishers from the tournament qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup which will be held in Japan in August.
The Americans will face host Panama on Tuesday at 7:30 EST in its final match of the group stage. All games of the tournament can be watched for free on CONCACAF TV, available at www.concacaf.com.
Postmatch Interviews (courtesy of U.S. Soccer)
U.S. vs. Cuba Highlights