US Women’s Blow Out Ghana in Opening Match of FIFA U-20 World Cup
The United States U-20 Women’s National Team defeated Ghana 4-0 on Monday in their opening match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup being held in Japan.
Fleet footed forward Maya Hayes collected a hat trick with an assist going to Kealia Ohai on the first US goal and Samantha Mewis provided the other two set ups.
The first goal was a Ghana own goal created by an outstanding header from the US on a corner kick. The ball rattled the woodwork and deflected off Linda Addai to put the US up 1-0 and start them on their way. Highlights can be seen here through FIFA.com.
Germany defeated China, 4-0, in the second match of the evening meaning the Americans and Germans are tied atop Group D on points, goal difference and goals scored.
The USA will next face China PR at 5:50 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 23. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
See the video of US coach Steve Swanson and several players in their post game comments.