Buehler Captains U-21 National Team to Nordic Cup Title
July 24, 2007
The U.S. Women's U-21 National team blew past Germany today 4-0 to win their ninth Nordic Cup title, and in the process gave some revenge to the team that beat them for the title last season. Stanford redshirt senior Rachel Buehler, captained a defense that didn't allow a goal for the entire seven-day tournament. This was Buehler's third Nordic Cup appearance as she was a part of a gold medal team in 2005 and a silver medal in the 2006 Cup.
In their first match, the U.S. defeated Norway by the score of 1-0 and two days later defeated Sweden by the same score. This put the U.S. team in the aforementioned championship game against Germany that gave the U.S. the Nordic Cup title. This was the fourth time the U.S. had faced Germany in the Nordic Cup title game, winning in 2000 and 2002 and 2007, before falling 2-0 last year.
The win marked the ninth overall title for the U.S. at the prestigious tournament, held annually during the summer in Northern Europe, which features Europe's top teams in the U-23 age group. The championship match was played at Hietalahti stadium in Vassa, on the West coast of Finland.
This was the 11th consecutive year that the U.S. had reached the title game of the Nordic Cup. The U.S. team had won seven consecutive Nordic Cup championships from 1999-2005 before they were beaten by Germany for the title in 2006. Stanford has had at least one player on the Nordic Cup squad since 1996.
Buehler, who will return to Stanford for a fifth season in 2007, anchored a defense in 2006 that recorded 15 shutouts, which ranked in the Top-10 nationally for shutout percentage (.652). She captained a defense that only allowed .55 goals per game last season and advanced to the NCAA Third Round.
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