Nittany Lions U-20 World Cup Run Ends In Semifinals With USA Loss To Korea DPR

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Five Nittany Lions played with the United States in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup semifinal against Korea DPR early Tuesday morning in Papua New Guinea. After scoring a late equalizer, USA fell to Korea DPR 2-1 in overtime.

Four from Penn State women’s soccer — Emily Ogle, Ellie Jean, Kaleigh Riehl, and Maddie Elliston — got the start for the United States for the fifth-straight game. All but Jean went the full 120 minutes in the game.

The United States showed some of its offensive prowess in the opening minutes of the game, but Korea DPR started to gain some momentum as the half progressed. The American defense did just enough to keep the game scoreless going into halftime.

Korea DPR struck first in the 50th minute. After University of Tennessee midfielder Katie Cousins was called for a handball in the box, Jon So Yun buried the penalty kick to go ahead 1-0. The United States equalized late with a goal from Natalie Jacobs in the 89th minute to send the game to extra time.

Korea DPR went ahead again in the opening minute of extra time after Ri Hyang Sim put away an open look inside the box. The Americans, hampered by injuries late, couldn’t find another equalizer and were eliminated from title contention with a 2-1 loss.

USA will play in the third place match Saturday at 1 a.m. on FS1 against the loser of the France-Japan semifinal.

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