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January 18, 2008
Tarpley has 2 goals, Wambach 2 assists in 4-1 WNT win

Lindsay Tarpley has four goals in two games for the WNT.
Lindsay Tarpley has four goals in two games for the WNT.
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GUANGZHOU, China—Led by Lindsay Tarpley with two goals and Abby Wambach with a pair of assists, the U.S. Women’s National Team cruised past Finland 4-1 in Four Nations Cup action Friday.

Tarpley scored both of her goals within a three-minute span late in the first half. Lauren Cheney and Angie Woznuk also connected for the USA, which will face hosts China for the tournament championship on January 20. A win or tie in that match will give the US the title.

U.S. Head Coach Pia Sunhage tweaked her lineup for Friday’s game from the squad that blanked Canada 4-0 in the tournament opener, especially in the back. Stephanie Cox and WNT debutante Tobin Heath started at outside back, while Briana Scurry replaced Hope Solo in goal. Tarpley, who scored twice off the bench against Canada, started at attacking midfield.

The first U.S. goal, in the 37th minute, started with Carli Lloyd, who weaving around a defender before slipping a pass to Tarpley, who played a quick touch to Abby Wambach in the middle of the penalty area. Wambach collided with her defender and went down, but Tarpley was trailing the play and poked the loose ball into the net from seven yards out.

Wambach collected her second assist barely two minutes later, bringing the ball into the right side of the penalty area and passing off the Tarpley after the defense shifted out of position. The UNC product one-timed the finish from 15 yards.

Amy Rodriguez, who scored twice in her WNNY debut against Canada, almost collected her third goal of the tournament just before halftime, but Finnland ‘keeper Tina-Riika Korpela made a gutsy play to take the ball off her feet on a breakaway.

Finland didn’t make much headway into the U.S. zone, but made the most of one of their rare chances in the 54th minute. Essi Sainio sent a hard shot spinning through Scurry’s hands and into the net to make it a one-goal game in the 54th minute. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Cheney combined with UCLA teammate Amy Rodriguez to restore the Americans’ two-goal advantage in the 56th.

The USA closed out the scoring on the 15th of their 16 corner kicks. Cox sent a line drive into the box to Woznuk, who finished with a right-footed volley in the 80th minute.

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