With a stifling defensive effort, the U.S. beat Scotland, 13-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship. Team USA improved to 6-0 in the tournament and advanced to the semifinal round versus England on Friday.
“We wanted our defense to be very patient with their checking and to force the attacker to make the mistake. We did a great job of that,” said U.S. head coach Krystin Porcella. “They used their feet to play good defense and always had each other’s backs on their slides.”
Defender Caileigh Sindall won Player of the Match honors with four ground balls. Sindall and the rest of the American defense held Team Scotland to its lowest goal total of the tournament. Scotland came in averaging 16 goals per game, but was held scoreless until Natasha Rodgers scored with less than two minutes remaining.