Allyson Marquand and Marcie Ward Make International Debut

March 7, 2001

RIETI, Italy - Two Stanford Women's Soccer players made their International debut today, playing for the U.S. National Team. Sophomore Allyson Marquand and freshman Marcie Ward both gave vital minutes in a tough 1-0 loss to Italy. Eight U.S. players earned their first caps for the full national team as Marquand, Ward, Joanna Lohman, and Devvyn Hawkins started, while 17-year-old Lori Chalupny, 18-year-old Sara Randolph and Schott came on as subs. Marquand, on defense, helped keep Italy scoreless in the first half and made an impression as a valuable member of the U.S. squad. She redshirted the 2000 season with an ACL tear, after starting all 21 games and adding 2 goals and 1 assist for the Cardinal in 1999. Marcie Ward is made a huge impct as a freshman this year, leading the team in scoring and being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. she was also a First Team All-Pac-10 selection. USA Travels to Portugal tomorrow to prepare for First Algarve Cup Match on March 11 vs. Canada.

Game Recap from the National Team:An 87th minute goal from substitute Silvia Tagliacarne ruined an inspired second-half effort from a young U.S. Women's National Team as the Americans fell to Italy, 1-0, atCentro d'Italia Stadium. Italy came out in a low-pressure defense with hopes of winning the ball in midfield to launch their vaunted counter-attacks.

A tentative U.S. team was far too cooperative in contributing to the Italian tactics in the first half, as they were content to possess the ball in the back, but struggled to send penetrating passes to their midfielders and forwards, then lost numerous balls in their defensive half of the field, many of which led to Italian attacks. The young U.S. midfield struggled tomaintain possession against the quick and aggressive Italians, who found their rhythm after 20 minutes and came at the Americans for the rest of the half.

'In the first half we played with fear, in the second half we played withcourage and risk taking with the ball at our feet,' said U.S. head coachApril Heinrichs. 'More players were willing to pass the ball forward.Everyone responded to this change and we created more chances in the secondhalf.'

The U.S. team was fortunate to enter halftime having not allowed a goalas the Italian striking duo of Patrizia 'The Scorpion' Panico and RitaGuarino -- who proved the more dangerous of the two -- each had theirchances. The U.S. defense of Reddick, Ally Marquand, Anna Kraus, and Jena Kluegel did a fine job of keeping the clamps on Panico, who is the leading scorer in the Italian firstDivision, and frustrated the fiery striker with some physical play.

Italy saw a different U.S. team in the second half as the young Americansplayed with more confidence and an aggressiveness that produced 25 fouls inthe match. Just three minutes into the second half, Kluegel launched a crossfrom the left flank that Christie Welsh could not quite reach, hitting a softshot right to Brenzen, Italy's 34-year-old captain. The USA, which failed to take a shot in the first half, had its firstreal chance of the game in the 53rd minute when Kluegel again streaked downthe left flank from her outside back position and played a cross to the farpost. Substitute Laura Schott got her head on the ball, but it skimmed offher brow and just wide right of the net. One minute later, Welsh testedBrenzen with a drive from distance that was easily saved.

'We definitely picked up our game in the second half,' said Mary-FrancesMonroe, who captained the USA for the first time and played well despitesuffering from an abscessed tooth all week. 'We were far more effective inour attacking and created some good chances to score. If we want to beat ateam like Italy, which is one of the best in Europe, we must finish ourchances.'

Goalkeeper Hope Solo made six saves for the USA and caught several tough balls in traffic, but her intimidating presence also played a part in forcing Italy to misfireon several close chances. Italy, which out-shot the USA 13-6 for the match, but only 7-6 in the second half, finally broke through just three minutes from time. Tagliacarnecollected the ball with her back to the goal at the top of the penalty area, then spun and laced a blistering volley into the roof of the net. Solo had no chance as the ball hit the upper right corner.

'We were playing against women with a team that is obviously very young,'added Heinrichs. 'There were physical differences and psychologicaldifferences between the two teams. International maturation doesn't alwayscorrespond with age, but while they are athletic, we have some very youngplayers out there. I was very pleased with the second half. The game wasgreat preparation for the Algarve Cup because Italy was as strong as any ofthe teams we will face in the first round of the tournament.'

The USA will bus to Rome tomorrow morning for a flight to Lisbon,Portugal and then catch a flight to Faro in the Algarve region of thecountry. The USA begins the eight-team Algarve Cup on March 11 vs. Canada,then faces Portugal on March 13 and Sweden on March 15. The placementmatches are on March 17.

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORTParticipants: United States National Team vs. Italy National TeamCompetition: International FriendlyVenue: Centro d'Italia Stadium - Rieti, ItalyDate: March 7, 2001 - Kickoff 3:00 p.m. Local (9:00 a.m. ET)Attendance: 750Weather: Cool, cloudy - 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:1st 2nd Final
USA 0 0 0
ITA 0 1 1

ITA - Silvia Tagliacarne (n/a) 87th minute.

Lineups:
USA - 18-Hope Solo, 5-Ally Marquand (Sara Randolph, 67th), 4-KatherineReddick, 3-Anna Kraus, 2-Jena Kluegel, 15-Devvyn Hawkins, 10-Joanna Lohman(9-Laura Schott, 46th), 14-Marcie Ward (13-Lori Chalupny, 46th), 12-ChristieWelsh (Alyssa Ramsey, 72nd), 11-Mary-Frances Monroe, 20-Stephanie Rigamat(Kristin Weiss, 90th).

ITA - 1- Giorgia Brenzan, 3-Daniela Tavalazzi, 5-Manuela Tesse, 6-AdeleFrollani, 2-Damiana Deiana, 7-Anna Duo (17-Silvia Tagliacarne, 72nd), 8-PieraMaglio, 4-Maina Pellizzer (15-Guilia Perelli, 55th), 10-Tatiana Zorri,9-Patrizia Panico, 11-Rita Guarino.

Stat. Summary: USA ITA
Shots, 6 13
Saves, 5 3
Corner Kicks, 1 4
Fouls, 25 12
Offside, 5 3

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