Nicole Barnhart Makes First Start in Goal for U.S.

March 10, 2005

FERREIRAS, Portugal - Nicole Barnhart, the first Stanford goalie to ever start in the cage for the U.S. National Team, posted her first shutout of her post-collegiate career as she led the United States to a 1-0 victory over France in the Algarve Cup opener on Wednesday. Barnhart posted three saves as the U.S. shutout a talented French team and kept star forward Marinette Pichon off the scoreboard.

The U.S. team defense held the French without a shot in the first half, but France picked up its possession game in the second half. France also managed to get off a couple of crosses from the flanks, but nothing that got past Barnhart.

Barnhart is the first Stanford goalie to have played for the USA, joining former Cardinal players who have played for the USA: on defense, Jessica Fischer, Ronnie Fair, Ally Marquand; in midfield, Julie Foudy; and at forward, Sarah Rafanelli and Marcie Ward.

Algarve Cup Schedule
March 9
Denmark 4, Finland 1
USA 1, France 0

March 11
USA v Finland 1:45 pm local / 8:45 a.m. ET
Denmark v France 4:15pm local / 11:15 a.m. ET

March 13
USA v Denmark 1:45 pm local / 8:45 a.m. ET
Finland v France 4:15pm local / 11:15 a.m. ET

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