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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

May 3, 2008
INSTANT REPLAY
U.S. women prevail late again vs. Aussies


Former Boston Breaker Angela Hucles scored the game winner in stoppage time.
Former Boston Breaker Angela Hucles scored the game winner in stoppage time.
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Birmingham, Ala. -- Second-half substitute Angela Hucles connected for the game winner in the final seconds of stoppage time, giving the U.S. Women's National Team a 5-4 victory over Australia Saturday.

It was the second time in six days the Americans defeated Australia in the waning seconds against Australia. The U.S. won last week's encounter, 3-2.

Lindsay Tarpley and Abby Wambach each had two goals for the U.S. Tarpley connected in the 28th and 43rd minutes, while Wambach found the back of the net in the 30th and 46th minutes.

“Cat played a great ball in and everyone was pushing forward trying to make one more effort,” said Hucles, who has six career goals. “I saw Abby was going to head the ball, so I called for it and she flicked it back. Everything aligned pretty perfectly and I was able to finish.”

The Americans gifted the Aussies a pair of own goals, which might have been a first in U.S. WNT history. Cat Whitehill put one past goalkeeper Briana Scurry in the 20th minute, while Christie Rampone put one into her own net in the 69th minute, which tied the score at 4-4.

The Aussies first goal came as Sarah Walsh put a cross into Gill. Whitehill slid into to try and block the pass, and instead put the ball into her own goal.

The U.S. got on the board on a play that started with Heather Mitts who put a cross into the front of the goal. Shannon Boxx got a head on it, and it went over the defense to Tarpley. Less than two minutes later Wamach increased the lead to two goals.

The U.S. took a 3-1 lead in the 42nd as Natasha Kai got behind the defense on the right side and chipped a cross through the goal area. Tarpley took the ball down with her chest inside the penalty area as she moved to her right to separate from a defender and then struck a volley just inside the left post.

It looked like Wambach had broken the game open with her second goal in the 46th minute, scoring on a header off a cross from Boxx, but the Matildas came back with a vengeance.

First, Walsh got to a long ball from Collete McCallum in the area, and headed it over Brianna Scurry who had come in as the U.S. goalkeeper at the half. Walsh then got behind Surry for the tap in.

Lauren Colthorpe cut the lead to one in the 64th minute, taking a short square pass from Joanne Burgess at the top of the right side of the penalty box and blasting a shot into the lower left corner, giving Scurry no chance.

Five minutes later, Burgess got some space in the right side of the penalty area and hit a hard cross on the ground that got past Scurry at the near post, but didn’t seem to be headed to an Aussie player. Rampone tried to clear, but slid and knocked it into the U.S. net from close range.

“There is something with this team that we refuse to lose,” said coach Pia Sundhage.” The way we’re winning is different, but playing in games like this is so important for us to deal with.”
   
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