US advances at U20 World Cup despite loss

The United States advanced to the quarterfinals at the women’s

under-20 World Cup on Monday despite losing 3-0 to defending

champion Germany in Group D.

After taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lena Lotzen in the first

half, Germany made it 2-0 in the 54th minute when Lotzen scored

again, pouncing on a rebound off a shot by Silvana Chojnowski.

Melanie Leupolz scored from close range two minutes later to make

it 3-0.

”We just made a couple of mistakes and they punished us for

that and that’s what good teams do,” U.S. coach Steve Swanson

said. ”One of our goals was to advance, we’ve done that, and we’re

focused on the next game.”

China beat Ghana 1-0 in Group D’s other game.

China and the U.S. both finished the group stage with four

points, but the Americans advanced because of better goal

differential. Zhao Xindi scored in the 35th minute for China.

The U.S. will face North Korea in the quarterfinals on Friday.

North Korea beat Canada 2-1 to finish first in Group C with nine

points. Norway also advanced out of Group C with a 4-1 win over

Argentina and will face Germany in the quarterfinals.

Japan plays South Korea and Mexico faces Nigeria in the other

quarterfinal matchups.