Stengel, U.S. Win CONCACAF U-20 Championship
March 12, 2012
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Wake Forest's Katie Stengel and the U.S. Under-20 National Team claimed the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in dramatic fashion, scoring two goals in the last 11 minutes of the match to rally and defeat Canada 2-1 on Sunday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama Sunday.
Despite dominating the match, the Americans trailed 1-0 as time ticked down due to a fifth-minute goal that was conceded on a defensive misplay by Crystal Dunn. But Maya Hayes equalized for the Yanks in the 79th minute and Chi Ubogagu, who came on as a halftime substitute for Stengel, poked in a Kaelia Ohai cross from six yards in the 89th minute to give the U.S. its second straight CONCACAF title and third overall.
Stengel started four of the Americans' five games in the tournament, including the championship match, and finished with three goals and three assists.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico were the top three finishers in the CONCACAF Championship, earning berths in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be held in Japan from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8.