Barnhart and Buehler Lead U.S. to CONCACAF Championship

April 24, 2008

Former Cardinal standouts Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart both started in the U.S.'s dramatic overtime free-kick victory over Canada where the Americans prevailed 6-5 to win the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Both teams had already secured their berths to the 2008 Beijing Olympicswith semifinal victories, but the U.S. triumph moved its record in CONCACAFcompetitions to 27-0-1 and marked the eighth overall confederation title for the USA. It also marked the third straight tournament championship under head coach Pia Sundhage after winning the Four Nations in China in January and the Algarve Cup in March.

A late save by Barnhart in the shootout preserved the win for the U.S. She ranged to her left and perfectly timed a free-kick from Canada's Brittany Timko, the team's seventh kick in the shootout.

Lloyd started the USA off in what was a series of extremely well taken kicks by both teams with a blast into the lower left corner. Then, Canadiancaptain Christine Sinclair converted her spot kick, as Barnhart got herwhole hand on the ball but couldn¹t turn it away. Substitute Angela Huclesscored the USA¹s second kick before Canadian defender Martina Franko pingedher shot off the left post.

'I had got my full hand on Sinclair's shot, but wasn¹t able to deflect itover the goal as I was going right and she hit it straight up the middle,'said Barnhart. 'I read a few of them wrong and went the wrong way, but onTimko¹s I had a feeling she was going left and kind of read her. She didn¹thit it that well so I was able to make the save.'

Barnhart had also made two excellent saves early in the game, diving to save a sliding shot from Sinclair in the seventh minute and then tipping a driven effort from Jonelle Filigno over the crossbar in the 16th minute.

Buehler was a part of the U.S. back line that did extremely well to hold up against Canada's barrage of long balls. She earned her sixth career cap for the U.S. and Barnhart earned her eighth. The go- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM


Match-up: USA vs. Canada
Competition: 2008 CONCACAF Women¹s Olympic Qualifying Championship
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez; Juarez, Mexico
Date: April 12, 2008; Kickoff ¬ 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 4,151
Weather: Clear, light breeze ¬ 63 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 1OT 2OT F PK
USA 0 0 0 1 1 6
CAN 0 0 0 1 1 5

USA ¬ Carli Lloyd (unassisted) 107 minute.
CAN ¬ Melissa Tancredi (n/a) 116.

Penalty Kicks
Lloyd GOAL Sinclair GOAL
Hucles GOAL Franko Left Post
Chalupyny Saved Tancredi GOAL
Rampone GOAL Rustad GOAL
Wambach GOAL Lang GOAL
Osborne GOAL Wilkinson GOAL
O¹Reilly GOAL Timko Saved

USA: 24-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone ¬ Capt.,15-Kate Markgraf, 17-Lori Chalupny; 12-Leslie Osborne, 11-Carli Lloyd,5-Lindsay Tarpley (9-Heather O¹Reilly, 62), 10-Kacey White (16-AngelaHucles, 76); 6-Natasha Kai (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 19-Amy Rodriguez.Subs not used: 4-Cat Whitehill, 8-Lauren Cheney, 14-Stephanie Cox, 18-HopeSolo.
Not Eligible: 7-Shannon Boxx, 13-Tobin Heath.
Head Coach: Pia Sundhageal allowed by Barnhart was the first allowed in her national team career.

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