Saturday, May 12, 2012
Corona's Munerlyn lifts U.S. to title
By Scott French
Corona's Amber Munerlyn scored the lone goal Saturday night to lead the U.S. past Canada in the championship game in CONCACAF's U-17 women's championship in Guatemala City.
Munerlyn (Santiago HS/So Cal Blues) scored on a 21st-minute breakaway for the Americans, who outscored five foes, 26-0, dominating every foe except the Canadians.
The U.S. and Canada advanced to the Sept. 22-Oct. 3 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan with semifinal victories Thursday.
Munerlyn made just two appearances in the Americans' five games, and she wasn't included in the 18-player game roster for the first two games, routs of the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago.
Newport Beach's Maddie Bauer (Mater Dei HS/Slammers FC) played every minute of the tournament for the U.S. on the backline.
The U.S. outshot its opponents, 131-25, with big advantages in shots on goal (69-8) and corner kicks (33-12). Canada outshot the U.S., 13-10, and took seven corners to the Americans' three.
Summer Green, a high school junior from Milford, Mich., who set up Munerlyn's goal, broke the CONCACAF scoring record with 12 goals (plus four assists) in five games. She had three hat tricks, with five goals against the Bahamas.
LOCALS WITH U-23S: The U.S. under-23 women's national team opens a weeklong camp Sunday at Home Depot Center, and University of Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum has included seven local players on his roster:
D Lauren Barnes (Upland), Upland HS/UCLA, Beach FC
G Colleen Boyd (La Caņada Flintridge), La Caņada HS/Oregon State, Western New York Flash
D Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park), UCLA
D Camille Levin (Newport Coast), Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School/Stanford, Pali Blues
F Nadia Link (Rowland Heights), Walnut HS/Long Beach State, Santa Clarita Blue Heat
D Taylor Lytle (Las Cruces, N.M.), Texas Tech, Pali Blues
M Mariah Nogueira (Westminster), Marina HS/Stanford