LePeilbet Helps U-21 National Team To 1-0 Victory Over Finland

July 22, 2002

KAARINA, Finland - The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team opened the 2002 Nordic Cup with a 1-0 victory over a well-organized Finland team, scoring the game-winner in the 55th minute.

Finland played a 4-5-1 formation for most of the match, which served to limit the attacking of outside backs Ally Marquand and Betsy Barr. However, the U.S. back line, which included current Arizona State player Amy LePeilbet, was successful in shutting down the Finnish attack as goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Hope Solo both played solid matches organizing in the back.

'We achieved our objective in a very tricky opening match, playing against Finland in Finland, while missing a couple of key players,' said U.S. head coach Jerry Smith, who is coaching in his second Nordic Cup after winning the tournament last year in his debut. 'Our team showed great patience and discipline against a well-organized defensive effort by Finland.'

The U.S. U-21s are going for their fourth consecutive Nordic Cup tournament championship. Without a sanctioned FIFA tournament for U-21 women, the Nordic Cup serves as the top competition in the world for this age group. The USA has won four out of the last five Nordic Cups since 1997, including three in a row.

The USA will face Denmark -- a 4-1 winner today over the full Greek Women's National Team -- in the next match on Wednesday in Kaarina. The U.S. U-21s will then finish group play against Greece on Friday. The USA must win the group in order to play for the championship on Sunday, July 28.


Participants: United States vs. Finland

Competition: 2002 Nordic Cup Championships

Venue: Kaarina Stadium - Kaarina, Norway

Date: July 22, 2002 - 6:00 p.m. local (11:00 a.m. ET)

Attendance: 300

Weather: Cloudy, cool - 68 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final

USA 0 1 1

FIN 0 0 0

USA - Joanna Lohman (Nandi Pryce) 55th minute.

Lineups:USA - 1-Nicole Barnhart (18-Hope Solo, 46), 5-Ally Marquand, 8-Amy

LePeilbet, 6-Nandi Pryce - Capt., 16-Betsy Barr, 15- Devvyn Hawkins,

11-Joanna Lohman, 13-Carli Lloyd, 12-Christie Welsh (7-Mary McDowell, 66),

20-Alyssa Ramsey, 9-Marcia Wallis.

FIN - 12-Liisa Luoto, 5-Laura Kivisto, 4-Hanna Kaaranen, 2-Petra Vaelma,

14-Janina Vahalahti, 7-Tiina Saario, 6-Emelie Karlsson (11-Heli Suoreijus,

72), 3-Jessica Julin (9-Mari Maunula, 78), 10-Katri Nokso-Koivisto (16-Milla

Mattila, 58), 8-Elisa Simonen, 13-Jessica Thorn (18-Elisa Pirinen, 31).

Statistical Summary: USA FINShots..................6 3Saves........................ 1 2Corner Kicks............... 8 2Fouls......................... 14 13Offside....................... 3 0

Misconduct Summary: USA - Lohman (caution) 61st minute.


Referee: Antonia Kokotu (Greece)

Asst. Referees: Emilia Parviainen (Finland), Timo Vuorinen (Finland)



Group A

Team W L T Pts GF GA

Denmark 1 0 0 3 4 1

USA 1 0 0 3 1 0

Finland 0 1 0 0 0 1

Greece 0 1 0 0 1 4

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