Smith, U.S. U-20 Women's National Team win FIFA Women's World Cup
TOKYO, Japan - University of Texas freshman goalkeeper Abby Smith and the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team used a goal in the 44th minute from Kealia Ohai to defeat Germany 1-0 and capture the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup championship Saturday inside Tokyo National Stadium.
The victory offered revenge for the Americans, who fell to Germany 3-0 on Aug. 27 in the final group-stage contest, and snapped the Germans' 12-match winning streak at the U-20 World Cup, dating back to the 2008 event.
Smith became the second player in Texas Soccer history to capture the tournament title, joining Kelly Wilson, who was on the US squad in 2002 that captured the FIFA championship for what was then a U-19 event.
The USA has now won the tournament three times, defeating Canada to earn the 2002 crown when it was a U-19 event, and downing Korea DPR 2-1 in the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup. Smith did not enter into a contest as U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin played her sixth-straight complete match Saturday.
2012 U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Results
Friday, Aug. 31
USA 2, Korea DPR 1 (2OT)