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USA Wins U20
USA Wins U20 | U.S. U20 Women's National Team, 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, Germany

Soccer News: USA Wins 2012 U20 World Cup Beating Germany 1-0

  • U.S. Captures Third U-20 World Cup Crown, Blanks Defending Champion
  • Kealia Ohai Scores Game-Winning Goal in 44th Minute for Second Tally of Tournament
  • USA Ends Germany's Record Shutout Streak at 610 Minutes

The United States defeated defending champion Germany 1-0 on Saturday to win the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Tokyo, Japan.

Kealia Ohai scored a 44th-minute goal to end Germany's record shutout streak en route to the USA's third World Cup crown in this tournament's history. The U.S. won the first-ever U-19 World Cup Final against Canada in 2002 and captured the 2008 U-20 World Cup against Korea DPR.

Ohai's game-winning goal was created by U.S. right back Crystal Dunn who maneuvered down the right flank before getting past Germany's Annabel Jaeger and providing a low searching pass into the middle of the box. The ball initially looked like it could fall to the USA's Katie Stengel, but it got past her and Ohai converged to calmly convert with her strike to the upper left corner of the goal. 

That goal put an end to Germany's record shutout streak at 610 minutes and it was the first goal Germany conceded during the 2012 FIFA World Cup.

The U.S., which had lost 3-0 to Germany during the group stage of this year's tournament, put together a strong defensive effort during Saturday's rematch. Led by captain Julie Johnston and goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, the stout USA defense confidently shut out a strong German squad.

Heaberlin had a game-high five saves, most of which came in the closing minutes. Among some of Germany's last-minute chances, Heaberlin had a lunging save to her right against Lina Magull in the 89th minute and stopped Leonie Maier's deep strike that was bending toward the upper right corner.

Additional Notes:

  • During FIFA's post-game ceremony on Saturday, USA defender Julie Johnston was awarded the Bronze Ball for being voted the third most outstanding player in the tournament. Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan was the Golden Ball winner.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Steve Swanson made one change to the starting lineup from the 11 that started the quarterfinal and semifinal, inserting forward Katie Stengel at center forward in place of Kelly Cobb.
  • Maya Hayes made her team-leading 43rd career U-20 appearance on Saturday.
  • Five U.S. players scored in the U-20 Women's World Cup: Hayes (4), Kealia Ohai (2), Vanessa DiBernardo (1), Chioma Ubogagu (1) and Morgan Brian (1).
  • Earlier in the day, host Japan defeated Nigeria 2-1 to win the third-place match with Asuka Nishikawa's 50th-minute goal proving to be the game-winner.
  • The 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup begins in two weeks in Azerbaijan and the USA will face France, Gambia and Korea DPR in Group B play.

U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report  

Match: United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. Germany
Date: Sept. 8, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Final
Venue: Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan
Kickoff: 6:20 a.m. ET (7:20 p.m. local)
Attendance: 31,114
Weather: 80 degrees, hot and humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                       1 0 1
GER                       0 0 0 

USA - Kealia Ohai (Crystal Dunn) 44th minute

USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion (14-Mandy Laddish, 89), 10-Vanessa DiBernardo, 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai, 12-Katie Stengel (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 60), 5-Maya Hayes (13-Samantha Mewis, 68)
Subs not used: 11-Becca Wann, 15-Kassey Kallman, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 20-Kelly Cobb, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson 

GER: 1-Laura Benkarth; 2-Leonie Maier, 4-Jennifer Cramer, 5-Luisa Wensing, 6-Kathrin Hendrich (20-Lina Magull, 66); 7-Annabel Jaeger, 8-Melanie Leupolz (18-Silvana Chojnowski, 78); 16-Anja Hegenauer (3-Carolin Simon, 59), 10-Ramona Petzelberger (capt.), 11-Lena Lotzen; 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan
Subs not used: 9-Nicole Rolser, 12-Meike Kaemper, 13-Sophie Howard, 15-Karoline Heinze, 17-Katharina Leiding, 19-Marie Pyko, 21-Anke Preub
Head Coach: Maren Meinert 

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 9 / 17
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 12
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Nami Sato (JPN) Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston 

EARLIER: U.S. Soccer News: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Shoots for World Cup Crown Against Germany

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and Germany meet in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in a clash of two-time champions on Saturday, September 8, at Tokyo National Stadium in Japan. Live coverage of the match starts at 6:10 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3. The USA advanced past Nigeria 2-0 in Tuesday’s semifinal while Germany posted a 3-0 shutout against host Japan.

Fans can follow the match on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full tournament results, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on

USA, Germany U-19/U-20 World Cup Final History
The USA and Germany are both going for their third Women’s World Cup crown in this tournament’s history. Here is a look back at both countries’ two previous championship crowns:

  • 2002 U-19 Women’s World Cup: After playing through regulation without a goal from either team, the USA’s Lindsay Tarpley scored a golden goal game-winner in the 109th minute as the U.S. won the first-ever Women’s World Cup in this age level against host Canada on Sept. 1 in front of 47,784 spectators at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.
  • 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup: Germany defeated China PR 2-0 with goals from Simone Laudehr and Melanie Behringer on Nov. 27 in Bangkok, Thailand. Behringer had the game-winning tally during Germany’s 3-1 semifinal victory against the defending champion USA, which would settle for a 3-0 win against Brazil in the third-place game.
  • 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup: The USA’s Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan scored in the 23rd and 42nd minutes, respectively, to defeat defending champion Korea DPR 2-1 on Dec. 7 in Santiago, Chile. Korea DPR’s Cha Hu Nam scored a late goal in second-half stoppage time to cut her team’s deficit to one. Leroux and Morgan combined for nine goals in the tournament, with Leroux leading all scorers with five tallies.
  • 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup: Germany blanked Nigeria 2-0 in the championship on Aug. 1 as Alexandra Popp scored what would prove to be the winning tally in the eighth minute. Osinahi Ohale of Nigeria had an own goal in stoppage time. Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult shut out an active Nigerian side with seven saves.

2012 U-20 World Cup Semifinal Roundup

  • USA 2, Nigeria 0: Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai each tallied their first goals of the tournament on Sept. 4 as the USA advanced to its third U-20 Women’s World Cup Final at Tokyo National Stadium. Brian scored a header in the 22nd minute and Ohai executed a slick dribble and finish in the 70th minute to clinch the match. Ohai’s insurance goal came after some excellent passing from second-half subs Chioma Ubogagu and Samantha Mewis, who assisted on the goal.
  • Germany 3, Japan 0: Germany struck quickly with three goals in the game’s first 19 minutes to top host Japan at Tokyo National Stadium. Melanie Leupolz scored in the first minute, followed by tallies from Dzsenifer Marozsan in the 13th minute and Lena Lotzen in the 19th minute. Defensively, Germany has yet to concede a goal in this year’s tournament. Germany has outscored the competition 15-0, one of those shutouts being a 3-0 victory against the U.S. in the group stage.

2012 U.S. U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule and Results



Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV


Aug. 20


4-0 W

Own goal; Hayes (3)

Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 23

China PR

1-1 T


Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 27


0-3 L


Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan

Aug. 31

Korea DPR

2-1 W (OT)

DiBernardo, Ubogagu

Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan

Sept. 4


2-0 W

Brian, Ohai

Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan

Sept. 8


6:10 a.m.


Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan

U.S. Roster by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Taylor Schram (Penn State; Canonsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak, Alaska), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas), Becca Wann (Richmond; Chesterfield, Va.)

U.S. Roster Notes

  • With its 2-0 victory against Nigeria, the USA has now won 25 times in the competition in 33 matches – more than any other country.
  • Midfielder Samantha Mewis leads the U.S. U-20s with seven assists in international competition this year in 826 minutes of play.

For more U.S. roster notes and "by the numbers," visit

In Focus: Germany
German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund)
Founded: 1900 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Maren Meinert
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish: First place (2004, 2010); the 2004 event was a U-19 WWC

USA vs. Germany Series

  • The U.S. and Germany have faced each other in five U-19 or U-20 Women’s World Cups including the group stage of the 2012 event, with the USA posting a 3-2-0 record. The 2010 competition was the only U-20 World Cup where the two countries did not face each other.
  • The U.S. and Germany have each played in 30 matches in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, more than any other sides in the tournament’s history.
  • Including this year’s tournament, the USA and Germany have played in all six U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups.

For more USA-Germany series notes and Germany roster notes, visit

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