Solo Earns Top GK Honor at Final Four Nations Tournament
Jan. 31, 2007
GUANGZHOU, China - Lori Chalupny and Natasha Kai scored and the United States beat China 2-0 Tuesday to win the Four Nations women's soccer tournament in southern China.
Former Huskies, All-American Hope Solo and two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Tina Frimpong, each saw significant action for the U.S. National Team. Solo shutout both China and Germany and was named Outstanding Goalkeeper of the tournament.
The U.S. team never let the large Chinese crowd get into the match, although the hosts did put on some pressure in the late going. Solo was forced to catch two crosses and substitute Bi Yan gave the Americans a scare when she picked off an errant pass in the USA defensive third and fired a shot from 25 yards out. As she did with all of China's five shots on goal, Solo was there to gobble it up. Solo also smothered a well-struck free kick from Li Jie in the 70th minute that had squeaked past the U.S. defensive wall.
Frimpong drew the assignment of marking China's top player Han Duan. She did not allow Duan any positive touches until having to leave the pitch in the 38th minute with an injury. Frimpong evidently got a knock on the head during one of China's few good chances as Solo powered through a pack of players to punch a cross away from danger.
It was the United States' record fifth Four Nations title. The U.S. drew two games - 1-1 against England and 0-0 vs. Germany - before beating China.
Information for this story was gathered from the Associated Press and www.ussoccer.com.