The USA's Madison Haley dribbles down the field against Trinidad & Tobago in a CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship match on October 31, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – The United States struck for five second-half goals en route to an 8-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in the Group B opener for each on Thursday at the at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship.
In victory at Catherine Hall Stadium, the Americans exceeded the 100-goal mark after only 16 all-time games in the competition and finished the evening with 101 in total.
Mallory Pugh was named the Player of the Match, earning the early vote by giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. The 15-year-old received a pass from Madison Haley, rounded goalkeeper Nicolette Craig and slotted home from six-yards out.
Six minutes later, Pugh dribbled unimpeded into the left side of the Trinidad box. She cracked a left-footer that hit off the right post and rolled to an unmarked Anika Rodriguez, who right-footed it into the net for a 2-0 advantage.
Haley got her second assist of the night six minutes later, alertly dropping a ball back to Marley Canales on the right side. The midfielder’s left-footed effort from the edge of the 18-yard box took a deflection off a Trinidad defender and bounced into the far-side netting to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead.
The two-time CONCACAF champion emerged from the break in a determined mood, looking to equal or exceed group rival Canada’s eight-goal output against Guatemala earlier in the evening.
In the 52nd minute, Haley placed her team on that path. Rodriguez dribbled through the left side of the penalty area, drew in some defenders and laid off a pass in the middle for the Dallas Texans forward to blaze in from 12 yards.
Civana Kuhlmann entered the game in the 73rd minute and within three minutes got her name on the scoresheet. The 14-year-old – on her U-17 international debut -- got hold of a pass from Madison Schultz in the middle of the area, took a few patient touches and shot past Craig with her right foot.
The impressive and unselfish Haley notched her third assist of the night in the 80th minute, once again looking for a trailing teammate. On this occasion, she located the charging Pugh, who struck from 15-yards to make it 6-0.
Corner kicks from Tegan McGrady paved the way for two more American goals. Zoe Morse headed in the 82nd minute and Natalie Jacobs did the same with two minutes left in regulation to complete the scoreline.
The U.S. will look to make it consecutive wins, when it faces Guatemala on Saturday. Trinidad will meet Canada the same day.