San Diego Surf midfielder Mia Fishel opened the scoring as the U.S. resumed play in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship with a 10-1 victory over Bermuda Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida.
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Fishel ran down a long ball from Michela Agresti over the top of the Bermuda defense and rushed in alone on goal before rolling her shot into the lower right corner in the sixth minute for her third goal in 20 games with the U.S. U-17 women’s national team.
Fishel served as the U.S. captain. A cousin, Bermuda midfielder Druw Bascome, entered the game at IMG Academy Soccer Stadium in the 73rd minute.
Bermuda tied the score in the 17th minute on a 20-yard free kick by Leilanni Nesbeth in what would be its only shot.
The U.S. scored the final nine goals, leading 5-1 at halftime on goals by Diana Ordonez, Reilyn Turner and Samantha Kroeger.
The U.S. increased its lead to 8-1 on goals by Makenna Morris in the 47th minute, Maya Doms in the 48th and Astrid Wheeler in the 85th.
Sunshine Fontes scored in the 86th minute and one minute into stoppage time.
Turner, who was added to the U.S. roster Tuesday in place of the injured Payton Linnehan, assisted on Ordonez’s 25-minute goal and Fontes’ stoppage time goal.
The U.S. led in shots, 30-1 and 18-1 in shots on goal. U.S. goalkeeper Julia Dohle did not make a save. Bermuda goalkeeper Zakhari Tuner made eight.
The victory assured the U.S. a spot in the eight-team tournament’s semifinals.
The U.S. began the tournament with a 5-0 victory over Costa Rica April 20 in Managua, Nicaragua. The U.S was scheduled to play Bermuda April 22, but the tournament was suspended due to dangerous civil unrest in Nicaragua.
CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, later decided to play the remainder of the tournament in Bradenton, Florida.
Three teams from the tournament will advance to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, the two semifinal winners and the winner of the third- place game.
–City New Service
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