It wasn’t determined until the final match of group play, but the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team was denied advancement to the quarterfinal round of the 2012 World Cup on Saturday afternoon in Baku, Azerbaijan. The young Yanks needed a victory against North Korea or a draw and a favorable result in the France – Gambia match in order to advance and did not get the necessary outcomes. A 1-1 draw with North Korea would have been enough to see the Yanks through if France hadn’t picked up a 9-2 win over Gambia.
North Korea and France advanced out of group B, each picking up five points in their three matches. The North Koreans earned the top spot in the group with a goal differential of +11 while France registered a mark of +7. The United States also earned five points in its three matches but was ultimately ousted due to its +6 goal differential.
In the first round of group play, the United States and France drew 0-0. The Yanks them came out and whooped up on Gambia, scoring five second-half goals to win 6-0. Interestingly enough, this was Gambia’s closest defeat of the tournament, as the nation was handily defeated by North Korea (11-0) and France (9-2).