November 1, 2008
U.S. Women perfect on tour
RICHMOND, Va.– The U.S. Women’s National Team made it four wins in four games on the 2008 Achieve Your Gold Tour, defeating South Korea 3-1 at the University of Richmond Saturday night.
|Boston resident Angela Hucles scored the first goal for the USA in their 3-1 win
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Angela Hucles and Heather O’Reilly each scored first-half goals as the U.S. won their 30th game in 2008, building upon their record number of wins in a calendar year. After the half, Lindsay Tarpley scored her career high 12th goal of the year.
Hucles, a native of Virginia Beach and alumna of the University of Virginia, scored the first goal of the match in the 26th minute when she finished a great attacking build. After receiving the ball deep in the right side, Natasha Kai dished the ball into the box for O’Reilly, who looked up and saw Hucles unmarked at the far post. The pass from O’Reilly skipped through to Hucles, who finished perfectly in front of her hometown fans.
In the 38th minute, Hucles started the play that lead to the second U.S. goal. A perfectly timed through ball into the left side of the penalty from the USA’s leading scorer at the Olympics found Kai, who played a hard cross to the back post where O’Reilly drilled it into the empty net.
The U.S. came out firing in the second half, as halftime substitute Aly Wagner sent a pass wide right to Tarpley about 28 yards from the endline and near the corner of the penalty area. Seeing the Korean goalkeeper, Kim Jung Mi off her line, Tarpley drilled a high shot that dipped over the goalkeeper’s head and just inside the far post to give the U.S. a 3-0 advantage.
South Korea got a goal back in the 71st minute, when the U.S. backline turned the ball over inside the penalty area. Hang Song I waited to draw second-half substitute goalkeeper Briana Scurry, off her line before softly slipping a shot inside the far post.
The U.S. continues its three-game series with South Korea on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. ET.