Bledsoe and Stengel Help U.S. U-23s to Wins
March 7, 2014
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
LA MANGA, SPAIN - Katie Stengel and Aubrey Bledsoe helped the U.S. U-23 National Team capture the Six Nations Tournament with three straight victories over Japan, Sweden and Norway earlier this week.
Stengel started all three matches for the Americans, tallying a goal and two assists, and Bledsoe saw action in the second match of the tournament as she played all 90 minutes between the posts.
United States 1, Japan 0
In the first match, a 1-0 win over Japan on March 1, Stengel dished out the assist on the lone score of the match. With a scoreless match early in the second half, Stengel made a run down the left side of the box drawing the keeper towards her before dishing to Kaelia Ohai who put the ball into the vacated net.
U.S. vs. Japan Highlights
United States 2, Sweden 1
Bledsoe drew the start in goal in the 2-1 victory against Sweden on March 3. One of the most decorated goalkeepers in Wake Forest history, she surrendered just one goal on Irma Helin's penalty kick in the 61st minute. The U.S. picked up the win courtesy of goals by Chioma Ubogagu (16th minute) and Frances Silva (31st minute).
U.S. vs. Sweden Highlights
United States 2, Norway 1
U.S. vs. Norway Highlights
After scoring six times in just 20 appearances for the U-20 National Team, Stengel netted her first goal for the U-23 side that also proved to be the game-winner against Norway on March 5. Carpice Dydasco found the former Wake Forest star from the left wing, and Stengel drilled the one-time shot past Guro Pettersen in the 75th minute. She also picked up an assist on the first score of the match, laying off a short pass to Meleana Shim who found the right corner of the net in the 44th minute.
The tournament marked the first international appearances at the U-23 level for both Bledsoe and Stengel, who led Wake Forest through its most successful period in women's soccer history to date. The pair captured the 2010 ACC Tournament Championship, a first for the Demon Deacons, and advanced to the College Cup in 2011, another landmark achievement for the program.