Nicole Barnhart Helps U.S. Win Algarve Cup

March 16, 2005

Faro, Portugal - Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart helped the U.S. Women's National Team to the title of the 12th Annual Algarve Cup in Portugal on Tuesday. The U.S. got a 23rd minute goal from forward Christie Welsh and put together a stellar defensive performance to defeat Germany 1-0 and win the final.

Barnhart became the first Stanford goalie to ever start in net for the U.S. National Team, posting the 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 last Wednesday. Barnhart collected three saves as the U.S. shutout a talented French team and kept star forward Marinette Pichon off the scoreboard.

The U.S. handed Finland a 3-0 defeat in its second match before topping Germany to claim the title. The match also marked a U.S. victory over the top-ranked team in the FIFA Women's World Rankings as the two women's soccer powers met in a tournament final for the first time. It was the third Algarve Cup championship in a row for the U.S. team, and fourth overall, but the first time in 10 trips to this tournament that the USA had achieved the remarkable feat of going all four games without allowing a goal.

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