Fishel’s Brace Leads U.S. U-20s Into The Round of 16

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Mia Fishel. Photo: U.S. Soccer

Mia Fishel followed her four-goal performance to open the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship by scoring two more goals to lead the United States to a 4-0 win over host Dominican Republic.

The Americans are 2-0 in Group C and have clinched a spot in the Round of 16. Match Day One saw the U.S. roll past Cuba 9-0. The Dominican Republic fell to 1-1.

Fishel opened her account against the Dominican Republic in the 3rd minute. Brianna Pinto intercepted a pass near midfield and would play a through ball to Fishel who hit a shot low inside the right post for a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later Rebecca Jarrett would double the U.S. lead off of a feed from Maycee Bell who played a long ball over the DR defense. 

Fishel would get her brace in the 12th minute. After a successful one-two with Pinto, outside back Kennedy Wesley drove down the left side. Her left-footed cross on the ground found Fishel, who connected on a one-timer from about six yards out. 

Pinto closed out the scoring in the 65th minute with Jarrett getting the assist.

Long Islanders Mia Asenjo and Kristina Garcia, playing for the Dominican Republic, were each in the starting lineup. Asenjo attends Valley Stream South High School. Garcia attends Great Neck South High School. 

The U.S. will close out group play on Wednesday against Honduras. Kickoff is 6 p.m. The Dominican Republic completes group play also on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. match against Cuba.