Cougar Kiersten Dallstream, USA U-20 Defeat France in World Cup Opener

Nov. 19, 2008

CHILLAN, Chile - Washington State junior Kiersten Dallstream started for the United States in the opener of the Under-20 Women's World Cup and the Americans defeated France 3-0, Wednesday.

The Fountain Hills, Ariz., native who recently completed her junior season with the Cougars, played all 90 minutes as the United States moved to the top of the Group B standings with the victory.

The American earned three points for the victory while China and Argentina each picked up one point in a 0-0 draw during the group's other match of day one.

Up next for the United States is Argentina, Saturday at 7 a.m. Pacific. The top two teams in each of four groups (A-D) advance to the tournament's quarterfinals.

All three of the American goals against the French came in the second half. Sydney Leroux was the star of the match as she assisted on Alex Morgan's game-winning goal in the 53rd minute before tallying goals of her own in the 56th and 71st minutes, respectively.

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team vs. FranceDate: Nov. 19, 2008Competition: FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup - Group BVenue: Estadio Nelson Oryuzan; Chillan, ChileKickoff: 3 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ETAttendance: 4,300Weather: 80 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 FUSA 0 3 3FRA 0 0 0

USA - Alex Morgan (Sydney Leroux) 53rd minuteUSA - Sydney Leroux (Nikki Washington) 56th minuteUSA - Sydney Leroux (Becky Edwards) 71st minute

Lineups:USA: 1-Alyssa Naher; 5-Kiersten Dallstream, 17-Nikki Marshall, 15-Lauren Fowlkes, 3-Meghan Klingenberg; 8-Becky Edwards (11-Christine Nairn, 78), 14-Keelin Winters (capt.), 12-Ingrid Wells; 16-Nikki Washington (6-Elli Reed, 84), 13-Alex Morgan, 10-Michelle Enyeart (19-Sydney Leroux, 46)Subs not used: 2-Kaley Fountain, 4-Liz Harkin, 7-Alyssa Mautz, 9-Gina DiMartino, 18-Chantel Jones, 21-Cat ParkhillHead Coach: Tony DiCicco

FRA: 16-Karima Benameur; 2-Gwenaelle Butel, 4-Wendie Renard, 5-Laura Agard, 3-Emilie Gossollin (capt.); 8-Melissa Plaza, 14-Ludivine Bultel (17-Nora Coton Pelagie, 46), 10-Eugenie Le Sommer (15-Kheira Hamraoui, 69), 6-Charlotte Bilbault, 9-Marie-Laure Delie, 7-Charlotte Loze (11-Julie Machart, 78)Subs not used: 1-Meline Gerard, 12-Livia Jean, 13-Delphine Chatelin, 18-Marine Pervier, 19-Alix Faye Chellali, 20-Fanny Tenret, 21-Alisson BrangerHead Coach: Stephane Pilard

Stats Summary: USA / FRAShots: 7 / 19Shots on Goal: 7 / 6Saves: 6 / 4Corner Kicks: 3 / 8Fouls: 6 / 8Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:USA - Elli Reed (caution) 86th minute

Officials:Referee: Jacqui Melksham (AUS)Assistant Referee 1: Airlie Keen (AUS)Assistant Referee 2: Allyson Flynn (AUS)Fourth Official: Carolina Gonzalez (CHI)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match:Sydney Leroux

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