Aug. 4, 2009
BISHAM, England - California women's soccer junior defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva and the U.S. Under-23 women's national team defeated the England U-23s, 3-1, in the second and final match of the two-game series on July 7 at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. The U.S. came from a goal down to score three unanswered goals. Jesolva started and played the entire match for the Americans.
After giving up a goal in the 15th minute to England forward Ellen White, the U.S. got an equalizer from leading scorer Katie Schoepfer in the 39th minute, a gamewinner from Laura Heyboer in the 49th and a clincher from Lindsey Kowal in the 68th.
"We got a great performance from everyone," U.S. head coach Bill Irwin said. "We closed down well, caused turnovers in the midfield and finished off our chances."
The U.S. U-23s are now 9-1-1 overall record and 3-1-1 in international matches. The two matches against England were both played at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, one of the UK's national sports centers, which is located about 30 minutes west of London. Jesolva started and played for 70 minutes in the 2-0 loss to England on July 4.
The focus of the U.S. U-23s January-July schedule has long been the annual Nordic Cup held every summer in northern Europe, but as the tournament was cancelled this year due to economic reasons, this England tour marks the end of the team's programming for the summer. All of the players will now prepare for their college preseason training camps that open in mid-August. The Nordic Cup is scheduled to return next summer.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 FLineups:
USA: 18-Kristen Arnold, 19-Kiersten Dallstream, 2-Lindsey Kowal, 5-Caitlin Farrell (4-Ella Stephan, 82), 3-Megan Jesolva, 7-Bianca D'Agostino, 8-Ashley Bowyer, 9-Veronica Perez (15-Megan Ohai, 59), 11-Kendra Chandhoke, 10-Katie Schoepfer, 14-Laura Heyboer (6-Liz Redmond, 79).
Subs not used: 12-Crystal Wagner, 20-Bri Young, 24-Kristin Olsen Head Coach: Bill Irwin
ENG: 1-Carly Telford, 3-Claire Rafferty (14-Sophie Perry, 59), 6-Sophie Bradley, 5-Fern Whelen, 2-Dunia Susi, 11-Danni Bird, 8-Kim Dixon, 4-Charlotte Young (17-Natasha Dowie, 45), 7-Gemma Davidson (16-Becky Hall, 53), 10-Rachel Williams, 9-Ellen White
Stats Summary: USA / ENG