Second Cardinal Named Player of the Match at U-20 World Cup

Aug. 22, 2006

Moscow, Russia - A second Stanford player has been honored as Player of the Match at the FIFA U-20 World Championships in Moscow, Russia this week. Freshman Ali Riley, a member of the New Zealand team, was recognized after notching an assist on Sunday in New Zealand's loss to the host Russians. Last week, Stanford's Kelley O'Hara was named Player of the Match in the U.S. win over Congo.

In the 56th minute, Riley found teammate Emma Humphries open on the far post, and helped pull her team into a 2-2 tie. The California native slipped between two Russian defenders before cutting the ball across the goal to leave Humphries with a simple tap-in. Just a few minutes later, Riley threatened the Russian defense again, but was denied a goal after an impressive save by the Russian keeper. The Cardinal newcomer started the match at forward and played all 90 minutes.

'(Riley) worked hard, both in defense and in attack,' said Shuk-chi Chan of the FIFA Technical Study Group. 'She created lots of problems for the Russian defense on the right flank, and had a hand in New Zealand's equalizer.'

New Zealand is set to take on Brazil tomorrow at Podmoskovie Stadium. O'Hara and the U.S. will play France on Thursday.

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