September 10, 2012
After setting up game-winner vs. Germany, Dunn talks about winning U-20 title
Rockville Centre, N.Y. native and defender Crystal Dunn and her U.S. teammates pulled off what no other team could do at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup over the weekend: score against and upend Germany.
After dropping an opening-round 3-0 defeat to the Germans, the Americans rebounded to register a 1-0 victory in the championship game on Sunday.
“We had some struggles in the beginning and that could have easily broken us, but I think coming out of group play we had to learn from our mistakes and I think they really gave us a push through the quarters to the semis to the final,” Dunn said.
Dunn, who has played for the Long Island and Albertson Fury, set up the lone goal in the final. The right back maneuvered down the right flank before getting past Germany's Annabel Jaeger and providing a low pass into the middle of the penalty area. The ball looked like it could fall to the USA's Katie Stengel, but it got past her and Kealia Ohai converged to convert with her strike to the upper left corner of the goal.
“I like to wait for my chances," she said. "I’m an outside back so I have to stay connected with my back line, but if I see some space there I am going to take it. On the goal, I saw the defender kind of isolated and her nearest cover was kind of far back so I took her on and once I got past her I just tried to find one of our players in the box.”
It was the only goal surrendered by Germany in the tournament, after blanking its opponents for 610 minutes.
“We knew going into this game they had not given up a goal, so they defensively they were very organized and compact and we had to find ways in and around their back line, so it was a great feeling scoring on them,” Dunn said.
Germany started all of its matches strong.
“We knew Germany is a high-pressing team and off the bat, we knew they would push in the first 30 minutes we had to handle it," Dunn said. "We got the goal at the end of the first half really settled us down, kept us focus and we held them off until the end of the game.”