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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 15, 2013
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Wambach's stoppage-time penalty moves her within 2 goals of Hamm's scoring record


Abby Wambach’s 156th international goal was a stoppage-time penalty kick against South Korea on Saturday night.
Abby Wambach’s 156th international goal was a stoppage-time penalty kick against South Korea on Saturday night.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- U.S. striker Abby Wambach moved with two goals of Mia Hamm on the all-time international scoring list by converting a stoppage-time penalty kick in the 4-1 triumph over South Korea on Saturday night.

Kristie Mewis, Lauren Cheney and Carli Lloyd found the back of the net before Wambach moved before 13,035 spectators at Gillette Stadium.

Wambach, the 2012 FIFA women's world player of the year, came on for Syndey Leroux at halftime. She had several close opportunities, but could not convert until added time. Korean captain Shim Seoyeon had taken Alex Morgan in the penalty area and referee Kari Seitz pointed to the penalty spot. Wambach sent her attempt into the lower right corner in the third minute of stoppage time.

Hamm, who retired in 2004, finished with 158 goals.

Wambach will have another opportunity to add to her total when the Americans face the Koreans at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Thursday night.

Hope Solo, who had not played for the U.S. since February after undergoing shoulder surgery, came on at halftime, replacing Nicole Barnhart. She was called on to make a few saves, including knocking away a shot a minute into the second half with the hosts clinging to a 2-1 lead.

In the early going the U.S. controlled possession so much that the game was going to turn into a rout as the hosts grabbed a 2-0 advantage with the game barely seven minutes old.

Mewis, a midfielder playing left back, tallied her first international goal in the third minute. Leroux ran down the right side and had her shot saved by Kim Jungmi An overlapping Mewis knocked home the rebound from six yards.

Only four minutes later, the Americans had doubled the score. Mewis started the scoring sequence with a throw-in on the left side that Tobin Heath back heeled to Cheney, who scored from 12 yards and a 2-0 advantage.

The U.S. almost made it 3-0 in the 20th minute when Morgan took a long, low pass and motored into the area, but Jungmi saved her attempt.

Slowly, but surely, the Koreans found themselves and gained more possession before finally finding the back of the net in the 26th minute. Kim Narae sent a pass to Cho Sohyun at the top of the box and she fired a shot past Barnhart, the first goal the Americans have allowed here in nine games. It was her third international goal.

The Americans had another close encounter in the 41st minute, but Leroux's header was cleared off the line by Kim Hyeri.

Six minutes into the second half, Wambach barely missed a goal as she volleyed a Christie Rampone cross from the right flank over the bar.

Wambach came close again off a corner kick from the left side in the 55th minute, but her headed wound up out of bounds.

Lloyd, playing as a defensive midfielder, restored the Americans' two-goal lead with a low, 30-yard effort into the lower left corner for a 3-1 advantage.

Wambach had another close encounter, but her six-yard header went straight to Jungmi in the 78th minute.
   
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