USA U-17 defeat Ireland 4-1

April 21, 2011, 5:11 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, C.O. – The USA U-17 Women’s National Team had a strong performance against Ireland this afternoon to clinch their second win of the tour. Excellent full field passing and a new system designed to strengthen the midfield, enabled USA to defeat Ireland 4-1.

Alyssa Chillano (Phoenixville, PA) notched USA’s first goal of the game with a drive from the top of the circle. Chillano’s shot was deflected over Ireland’s goalkeepers head by their own defender. Ireland kept the game tied going into the half, with a shot sneaking by USA goalkeeper Samantha Zeiders (Hummelstown, Pa).

The second half remained scoreless for both opponents until almost the twenty minute mark. Chillano had her second goal of the match off of a penalty corner. Up 2-1 over Ireland, USA put on the pressure for the remainder of the match. Two more goals were score by USA’s Gabrielle Major (Royersford, Pa) and Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, NJ). Vittese’s goal came in the last second of the game as time expired. USA finished the match up 4-1 over Ireland.

“Today was a proud moment to see how the USA side came together and played as a team in their first international match against Ireland,” said Char Morett, Assistant Coach. “A new system put in place to strength the midfield worked well despite a lack of opportunity to practice it. This definitely illustrates the girls knowledge of the game is increasing.”

The win against Ireland sets USA up with momentum and confidence heading into the DOMO Easter Tournament this weekend.

USA Roster: Megan Anstotz (Audubon, NJ), Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, NJ), Emma Bozek (Cortlandt  Manor, NY), Alyssa Chillano (Phoenixville, PA), Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, PA), Jordyn Hamilton (East Hampstead, NH), Kelcie Hromisin (Larksville, PA), Debi-Michelle Jantzen (Shoreham, NY), Kayla Kenney (Warrington, PA), Delaney Leathers (Virginia Beach, VA), Alexa Mackintire (Shrewsbury, MA), Gabrielle Major (Royersford, PA),  Alyssa Manley (Lititz, PA), Kelley Stump (Allentown, PA), Mary Vicars (Moseley, VA), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, NJ), Samantha Zeiders (Hummelstown, PA), Shannon Johnson (Oceanport, NJ)     

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