Draw Is Not Enough As USWNT U-20s Eliminated From World Cup

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In need of a win to advance in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World, the United States came up short in its 2-2 draw with Spain on Monday in France.

With Japan defeating Paraguay 6-0, the U.S. is going home after earning only 4 points in Group C play. The Americans lost to Japan 1-0 and defeated Paraguay 6-0 in its first two World Cup matches. This is the first time the U.S. U-20 women failed to advance beyond the group stage.

Bellmore’s Erin Gilroy started the third straight match in the tournament, and for the second consecutive match played the full 90 minutes.

The U.S. found itself trailing early as Spain’s Patricia Guijarro scored the opening goal in the 7th minute for a 1-0 lead. With the clock winding toward halftime, Spain would score what would prove to be a massive goal as Guijarro assisted on Lucia Garcia’s tally in the 42nd minute.

In the second half, the Americans fought back and finally broke through in the 83rd minute when Sophia Smith found the back of the net. Four minutes later, Savannah DeMelo off of a feed from Samantha Hiatt would level the match in the 87th minute. As the final second ticked off, the U.S. had one final opportunity but a volley by Gilroy sailed over the net.