July 15, 2009
USA U20 WNT Defeat Canada U20’s
BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Women’s Under-20 National Team beat their Canadian counterparts by a score of 38-20 today in its third match of the Under-20 Nations Cup.
The game started well for the Americans and they opened the scoring with a penalty by Sadie Anderson in the sixth minute.
Canada tied the game with an 11th minute penalty only to see the USA take the lead again two minutes later as Anderson slotted her second penalty.
The Canadians got a try in the 21st minute to make it 8-6, but their lead was short lived as BYU’s Morgan Rovetti crossed for a try in the 36th minute and the half ended with the USA leading 11-8.
The young eagles came out strong in the second half and Lisa Henneman scored in the 43rd minute and Anderson added the conversion. Anderson then added a try of her own to stretch the lead to 23-8.
The teams traded scores, but every time the Canadians scored the USA came back with more of their own. Tries from Tyra McGrady, Jess Sexauer and Brittany Houston saw the USA run a convincing 38-20 scoreline over the Canadians.
“This was a huge game for these players,” said Head Coach Bryn Chivers. “Despite the fact that we have never beaten Canada, the confidence level was high going into this game and you could see in their focus in practice yesterday that they were capable of a win.
“Every game someone has stepped up,” Chivers added. “Sadie Anderson and Lisa Henneman had very good game. While all of the forwards played well the revelation was our youngest player, Katie Humphreys, who had some storming runs today”.
Unfortunately, the win came at considerable cost as injuries to Erica Cavanaugh and Candace Barley will make it a tough go for the young U.S. side in Saturday’s final against pre-tournament favorites England.
For more information on the Women’s Under-20 side, please visit www.usarugby.org/goto/womens_u20.
USA 38, Canada 20
USA Tries: McGrady, Sexauer, Houston, Henneman, Rovetti, Anderson
Penalties: Anderson 2
1 Wendy Sherman; 2 Katie Hathaway; 3 Rachel Sommer; 4 Katie Humphrey; 5 Maggie Reidy; 6 Erin LeGate; 7 Jozy Gessner; 8 Candace Barley (Katie Johnson in at 45); 9 Brittany Houston 10 Sadie Anderson; 11 Morgan Rovetti; 12 Lisa Henneman; 13 Brooke LeGate; 14 Erica Cavenaugh (Tyra McGrady in at 20) (Mallory Ives in at 45); 15 Jessica Sexauer (Amelia Villines in at 67).
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