About 2,000 miles from Westwood, UCLA rising junior forward Sydney Leroux scored the game-winner with three minutes remaining in regulation to lift the U.S. Under-20 National Team over Mexico 1-0 in the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship game in Guatemala City.

Tournament-leading scorer and team captain, Leroux tallied six goals on four of five matches at Estadio Cementos Progreso.

Leroux was accompanied by two other Bruins in Guatemala City, as UCLA coach Jill Ellis is also head coach of the U-20 Women’s National Team, and UCLA teammate and sophomore-to-be Zakiya Bywaters also plays on the same national squad.

Both the U.S. and Mexico have already qualified for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with semifinal victories over Costa Rica and Canada, respectively, a few days prior to the championship match.

Leroux and the rest of the national squad will compete in several more international and domestic events to prepare for the World Cup, held in four different German cities from July 13 to Aug. 1.

Compiled by Rebecca Lee, Bruin Sports senior staff.