March 31, 2010
U.S beats Mexico in snow
SANDY, Utah –Abby Wambach scored the 105th goal of her career to give the United States Women’s National Team a 1-0 win over Mexico on a snow covered field at Rio Tinto Stadium Wednesday night.
|Kristine Lilly started to earn her record 344th cap.
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Wambach’s goal, which came in the 60th minute, tied her on the all-time list with Michelle Akers for third on the USA’s all-time scoring list behind only Mia Hamm (158) and Kristine Lilly (129). To celebrate the goal, Wambach and several other U.S. players fell to the ground and made snow angels.
Carli Lloyd dribbled up the middle of the snow-covered field before sending a short pass to Shannon Boxx. Boxx moved toward the endline and sent a cross through the goal box to Wambach, who darted between two defenders and tapped it into the net.
The U.S. created chances throughout the game, forcing Mexican goalkeeper Erika Vanegas to make 12 saves.
Philadelphia Independence forward Amy Rodriguez had several excellent chances to score, all thwarted by Vanegas. In the seventh minute, the Mexican ‘keeper pulled the ball off the feet of the charging forward, she then made a diving stop on a low drive from the former USC star.
Vanegas also took a cross off Wambach’s head in the final seconds before the break.
Second half sub Kelley O’Hara, last year’s Hermann Trophy winner, had a great attempt in the 77th minute, getting a long cross in the box, but the Vanegas pushed it wide.
Kristine Lilly made her first start for the National Team since Oct. 20, 2007, to increase her record cap total to 344. She is the only player to have played for the national team in four different decades.
Two players, Alex Morgan and Brittany Taylor, both got their first caps in the game, which was the first time the U.S. had ever played in snow.
The U.S. will next play against Germany on May 22 as the world’s top two teams meet at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, at 6 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.
USA: Nicole Barnhart; Cat Whitehill (Brittany Taylor, 79), Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Stephanie Cox (Meghan Schnur, 61); Heather O’Reilly (Kelley O’Hara, 61), Shannon Boxx (Lori Lindsey, 73), 1Carli Lloyd, Kristine Lilly (Casey Nogueira, 46); Amy Rodriguez (Alex Morgan, 46), Abby Wambach .
MEXICO: Erika Vanegas; Alina Garciamendez, Rubi Sandoval, Marylin Diaz, Lulu Gordillo (Leticia Villalpando, 31), Maria Castillo, Guadalupe Worbis (Monica Vergara, 90), Nayeli Rangel, Maribel Dominguez, Veronica Perez (Evelyn Lopez, 69), Dinora Garza (Luz Saucedo, 61).