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By ESPN Staff
Nov 8, 2008

U.S. U-17 women advance to World Cup semis

The U.S. U-17 women's national team advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with a 4-2 victory against the Korea Republic in front of more than 7,000 fans at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The U.S. received goals from forward Courtney Verloo (who tallied twice), forward Vicki DiMartino and midfielder Kristie Mewis.

The USA will now face Germany in the tournament's second semifinal on Nov. 13 at QE11 Park in Christchurch, New Zealand with a kickoff of 7 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET.

"For us, we went in knowing that we wanted to try to keep the ball," said U.S. coach Kazbek Tambi. "We've struggled a little bit keeping the ball and maybe it was the pressure of these kids coming to a World Cup and maybe they've been a little off.

"But with each game they've gotten more composure and we wanted to get out there today and play some good soccer. Win or lose, let's go out and play our best kind of soccer and today we definitely represented that and that's why we were successful."

England upset Japan in the day's other quarterfinal in Hamilton, winning 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie through regulation and overtime. The result earned the English their first semifinal berth at a FIFA Women's World Cup as well as a semifinal matchup with North Korea on Nov. 13 at QEII Park at 4 p.m. local.

The U.S. outshot South Korea 20-5 during the course of the game. DiMartino's goal was her fourth in four games, making her the only player in the tournament to score in every match. With the result, the U.S. U-17 women kept their record intact of reaching the semifinals of every FIFA women's event ever held.


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