Amy LePeilbet Earns First Career Cap For The U.S. National Team
Jan. 30, 2004
SHENZHEN, China - The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team opened the year with a resounding 3-0 win over 2003 Women's World Cup runner-up Sweden in its first match of the 2004 Four Nations Tournament. Arizona State defender Amy LePeilbet also notched her first career cap for the National team as she made her entrance into the match in the 69th minute.
The USA sits in first place on goal difference, but tied with China on points, after the first of three match days. China defeated Canada, 2-1, in the first game of the day. Midfielder Shannon Boxx scored on a 13th minute header and 20-year-old Lindsay Tarpley scored her first two full international goals in the second half to clinch the game.
'I think you saw during the course of the game that both teams were playing their first game of the year,' said U.S. head coach April Heinrichs. 'Perhaps the fitness and the first touch weren't as sharp as they could have been. But considering the respect we have for Sweden, it was a great result for us and we are pleased to start our year this way.'
While Sweden looked the aggressor as the halftime whistle blew, it was the USA that took over after the break. Tarpley, who had 24 goals at the U-19 level and who has two for the U-21s, opened her account on the senior level in style. In the 51st minute, captain Julie Foudy sent a long, looping pass into the Swedish penalty area where Abby Wambach held off her defender and then nodded a header back to the onrushing Tarpley. The former captain of the U-19s then drilled a first-time half volley from 21-yards out into the lower left corner with her left foot past stunned Sweden goalkeeper Sofia Lundgren.
Although the USA out-shot Sweden 15-8, Scurry came up huge as usual when she was called upon. In the 50th minute, she snagged a tough cross from Victoria Svensson, then made a stellar flying save of the Swedish forward's blistering 30-yard free-kick in the 57th minute, pushing the ball over the cross bar at the upper right corner of the net.
Three U.S. substitutes had chances to add another goal in the final minutes as 19-year-old Heather O'Reilly got in behind the defense, won a tackle against a defender, and rounded the goalkeeper, only to cut her angle too sharp to shoot. The appearance by O'Reilly marked her first match with the U.S. since she broke her left leg back on June 14 in a preparation match for the Women's World Cup. Midfielder Leslie Osborne, who along with defender Amy LePeilbet picked up their first career caps with the full National Team, had a header cleared off goal line by a Swedish defender. In stoppage time, Angela Hucles busted behind the defense on a breakaway, but miss-hit her shot.
'It's not a surprise that some of these players can step in and play at this level,' said Heinrichs. 'I'm just happy for them and for what it means for our team. We all know that Sweden finished in front of us at the World Cup, and for us to get this sort of result early in the year is great. But winning games at the beginning of the year doesn't guarantee that you will win games at the end of the year. We want to build on this success and be on top at the finish.'
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Sweden
Competition: 2004 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Shenzhen Stadium; Shenzhen, China
Date: January 30, 2004; Kickoff - 4:30 p.m. Local (3:30 a.m. ET)
Weather: Warm, hazy, humid - 64 degrees
1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
SWE 0 0 0
USA - Shannon Boxx (Kristine Lilly) 13th minute
USA - Lindsay Tarpley (Abby Wambach) 51.
USA - Lindsay Tarpley (Kate Markgraf) 66.
USA: 1-Briana Scurry; 15-Kate Markgraf, 14-Joy Fawcett, 4-Cat Reddick (29-AmyLePeilbet, 69), 3-Christie Rampone (21-Heather Mitts, 46); 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-JulieFoudy (26-Leslie Osborne, 66), 25-Lindsay Tarpley (19-Angela Hucles, 75), 13-KristineLilly, 8-Shannon MacMillan (5-Tiffany Roberts, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (27-Heather O'Reilly, 58).
Subs not used: 2-Kylie Bivens, 18-Siri Mullinix, 23-Lori Chalupny.
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
SWE: 1-Sofia Lundgren; 4-Hanna Marklund (5-Kristin Bengtsson, 31), 3-Jane Törnqvist, 2-Karolina Westberg, 19-Sara Thunebro; 8-Frida Nordin, 15-Therese Sjögran, 17-Anna Sjöström (7-Linda Danlgvist, 78), 18-Frida ï¿½stberg (14-Linda Fagerström, 63); 11-Victoria Svensson (16-Salina Olsson, 68), 20-Josefine ï¿½qvist.
Subs not used: 6- Malin Moström, 9-Sofia Eriksson, 10-Elin Elkblom, 12-Hedvig Lindahl, 13-Anna-Maria Eriksson.
Head Coach: Marika Domanski Lyfors
USA / SWE
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 9 / 5
Saves: 5 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 4
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 4 / 4
USA - Shannon Boxx (caution) 56th minute.
Referee: Zhang Dongqing (China)
Referee Asst.: Fu Hongjue (China)
Referee Asst.: Chen Tanxin (China)
4th Official: Jillian Proctor (Canada)
Sunday, Feb. 1
China vs. USA 2:15 p.m. local (1:15 a.m. ET)
Sweden vs. Canada 4:30 p.m. local (3:30 a.m. ET)
Tuesday, Feb. 3
USA vs. Canada 2:15 p.m. local (1:15 a.m. ET)
China vs. Sweden 4:30 p.m. local (3:30 a.m. ET)