An extra-time winner from substitute Chioma Ubogagu, has lifted USA to a 2-1 victory and into a semi-final match-up with Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012.
The two teams had earlier exchanged top quality goals from Vanessa Di Bernardo and Kim Su Gyong during the second half of a hard-fought encounter.
Indeed, it proved to be positive portents for the Stars and Stripes as midfielder Di Bernardo broke the deadlock soon after the break with a spectacular 30 metre strike.
Korea DPR looked dangerous with a succession of corners and drew level as Kim Un Hwa unlocked the defence with a superb short pass on the edge of a packed penalty area, and Kim Su Gyong produced an equally clinical finish.
Midway through the first period came the game’s decisive moment as substitute Ubogagu, whose parents are Nigeria, peeled off her marker at the back post and headed home a perfectly flighted Dunn cross.
Born in London, England, before moving to the U.S. at age 3, Ubogagu. carried a weighted GPA of 4.975 in high school. Her grandfather played for the English side Tottenham Hotspurs as well as the Nigerian national team.
She is a dynamic striker, with great speed and skill, who has the ability to beat defenders one on one. She is a proven goal scorer, so Falconets have to be wary of one of their own