Congratulations to Women's U20 World Cup Champions. The United States defeated defending champion Germany 1-0 on Saturday in the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup at National Stadium.
Florida was represented by three players on the U20 team who played for FYSA in both our clubs and ODP. You go girls!
Bryane Heaberlin GK Clearwater Chargers
Morgan Brian M Ponte Vedra (pictured in article)
Katie Stengal F Space Coast
U.S. goalkeeper BRYANE HEABERLIN
On the last 30 minutes when Germany was pushing hard for an equalizer:
"That last half hour was crazy. They were coming at us, shooting the ball, crossing the ball, and my defenders were sliding all over the place, heading the ball away. They came up big and we pulled through it."
On the match:
"Germany hadn’t given up a goal the whole tournament so I am so proud of the forwards that scored a goal, but to not let Germany score in a full 90 minutes after they beat us 3-0 in group play. I am so proud of our backs. They’re my girls."
On what she did at the final whistle:
"I have envisioned that moment in my head so many times and I never really knew what I would do. I kind of saw myself with my arms in the air running around, but I just jumped on my center-back because she played awesome. Then we dog-piled. It was awesome."
U.S. midfielder MORGAN BRIAN
On winning the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
"It was more than I’ve ever dreamed about. Once we got on that podium and got handed the medal it all became so real."
On getting another crack at Germany:
"Going into group play we hadn’t played them since last year and I think we were kind of surprised and made some mistakes, but we fixed them this time and won when it mattered."
On the tactics for the Final:
"We wanted to turn their backs and beat them on the outside and that’s what happened on the goal."
On the journey to winning the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
"It’s been an amazing journey. We’ve put a lot of effort into it and I love this team and I love these girls."