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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

March 7, 2008
TWO-FOR-TWO
U.S. women win again at Algarve Cup


Heather O'Reilly helped the U.S. to a 2-0 win over Italy Friday.
Heather O'Reilly helped the U.S. to a 2-0 win over Italy Friday.
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Alvor, Portugal -- Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly struck for goals to spark the United States to a 2-0 victory over Italy Friday for its second consecutive win at the Algarve Cup.

Tarpley, who scored early in the 4-0 triumph over China Wednesday, tapped in a rebound following a Lauren Cheney shot in the sixth minute.

O’Reilly gave the Americans some breathing room in the 74th minute. She sprinted down the right, cut inside and scored from a tight angle.

“It was a tense game for us,” O’Reilly said.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made a spectacular save on a Melania Gabbadini in the 60th minute.

“There were many situations where we were under pressure,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. “We need this kind of game to learn to deal with it.”

The U.S. meets Norway in its last first-round match Monday.

In other results, Birgit Prinz scored twice and Renata Lingar once to power Women's World Cup champion Germany to a 3-0 win over Finland. Denmark edged Sweden, 1-0, on a sixth-minute goal by Cathrine Sorensen.

   
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