Women's Soccer's Allyson Marquand Leads U.S. To Nordic Cup Championship

Aug. 1, 2001

DOKKA, Norway - The United States Under-21 Women's National Team put together a masterful performance in the championship game of the Nordic Cup, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes in a 6-1 destruction of Sweden to win its third consecutive title at the elite competition in the world for U-21 women.

Sophomore Ally Marquand (Irvine, CA/University) was a big part of the US attack, hitting lightning quick passes through the midfield to allow the team to run at Sweden. In the 89th minute, Marquand sent a long pass down the right flank to the streaking Lori Chalupny who bent her shot into the left corner, scoring from five yards out.

Marquand also added an assist against Germany, sending the U.S into the championship game with a 1-1 tie. The U.S. played the ball square through the midfield and Chalupny fed Marquand on the right flank. She swung a cross into the penalty area that bounced to Jill Oaks, who corralled it with her chest and struck a low shot from 12 yards out that snuck into the left corner past the German goalkeeper.

The United States breezed through their first two games en route to the championship game by defeating Iceland 3-0 and Denmark 4-0. Marquand started all four games in the tournament and played all but nine minutes.

The Stanford sophomore redshirted last season due to a torn ACL, and is expected to make an immediate impact in 2001. Stanford travels to Florida in its season opener on September 2.

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