Tanya Samarzich Nets Six Goals In Two Games For Mexico U-20 Team|
Jan. 13, 2014
USC freshman Tanya Samarzich scored back-to-back hat tricks to lead Mexico to the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championships. She is currently the tournament's top scorer with her six goals.
On January 10, Mexico defeated host Cayman Islands 6-0 in the tournament opener with 19-year-old Samarzich netting three goals to kick off the competition. At the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands, the Trojan scored her first goal in the sixth minute and completed her hat trick within the first 35 minutes.
Samarzich then led Mexico to a victory over Honduras 10-1 on January 12. She scored her three goals in the second half alone helping her team secure the top spot in Group B.
Thanks to a Trinidad and Tobago victory over Honduras, Mexico is guaranteed a spot in the CONCACAF semifinals next week. Mexico concludes group play against Trinidad on Tuesday to determine the group title.
In her first season at USC, Samarzich played in 14 games and scored three goals including two in the season opener against San Diego. The Upland, Calif. Native has also been a member of the Mexican Under-17 team and has competed at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and 2010 FIFA Under-17 World Cup for Mexico.
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