Vanessa DiBernardo helped lead the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team to the Four Nations Tournament Title in La Manga, Spain.
March 8, 2013
CHICAGO - University of Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo and the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team swept the competition at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, finishing off a highly successful competition with a 2-1 victory against England that sealed the tournament title on March 4. The USA had previously defeated Norway, 3-1, on Feb. 28 and Sweden, 6-0, on March 2. DiBernardo was involved in multiple goals during the three victories and tallied two assists.
The game-winner against the English came after DiBernardo won a ball in the midfield and played it wide to Camille Levin, who played a one-touch pass to Ochs down the right wing. Ochs beat her defender down the line, cut back towards goal and nutmegged the goalkeeper to give the USA the victory. The USA had opened the scoring in the 28th minute against England when DiBernardo found Santa Clara University's Julie Johnston, who scored on the corner kick cross.
During the tournament's second match, DiBernardo was a part of three goals in the 6-0 victory over Sweden, including the first two goals that came off corner kicks from the Naperville, Ill., native. The opening goal came after DiBernardo's service was won by the Samantha Mewis in the air, who nodded the ball to Morgan Malborough for the finish. In the 20th minute, DiBarnado's cross found the crashing Johnston, who made a great run and finished with a strong header to make it 2-0.
Four minutes later, a corner kick again led to a U.S. goal after Sweden failed to completely clear the cross. The ball bounced out and the Americans reset, playing an early ball from DiBernardo into the right side in the penalty box. Johnston chased it down and hit low a cross on ground for the goal.
DiBernardo also started in the opening 3-1 win over Norway. The Illini midfielder has now been a part of three international tournament victories, as she helped lead the U.S. team to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan after also winning the CONCACAF Championship on their way to qualifying for the World Cup.