United States in Final of Nordic Cup
- Dokka, Norway
July 29, 2001 - 4:30 p.m. local (10:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 100 Weather: Overcast, showers - 61°F
Kerstin (Unassisted) 57th minute
USA Oakes, Jill (Ally Marquand) 76:
18 Solo, Hope
5 Marquand, Ally
4 Reddick, Catherine - Capt.,
23 Hawkins, Devvyn (7. Chalupny, Lori 69)
14 Lindsey, Lori (11. Oakes, Jill, 69)
22 Wambach, Abby
15 Borgman, Danielle (20. Morrell, Anne,69)
16-Barnes, Katie (10. Schott, Laura,, 63)
(caution) 37th minute.
Kluegel (caution) 62
1 Ernst, Corrine
2 Garefrekes, Kerstin
3 Rech, Bianca (15,Worle, Tanja, 85)
4 Kunzer, Nia
5 Zerbe, Christina
6 Muller , Nicole(10.Lange, Katrin, 80)
8 Schaper, Tons-Maria (7. Luderer,Sabine 82)
13 Schmale, Antonia
16 Schmidt, Annika
9 Pohlers, Conny
Referee: Tonje Nordby (Norway)
Asst. Referee: Frank Andas (Norway)
Asst. Referee: Tommy Frydenlund (Norway)
The U.S. dominated
the first half as its quick possession soccer repeatedly sprung outside
backs Kluegel and Marquand down the flanks. The USA out shot Germany 11-0
in the first half, but could not get a goal despite several quality chances,
and it almost came back to haunt them.
With U.S. team in total control of the match, Germany struck in its typical
fashion, scoring on its first quality chance as six-foot midfielder Garefrekes
rode several tackles at the top of the penalty area before the ball bounced
free behind the U.S. defense. She coolly curled her shot around charging
U.S. goalkeeper Solo and suddenly the Americans needed a goal in the last
33 minutes to make the final.
The U.S. didn't panic and came hard at the Germans for 19 minutes before
Oakes got the goal the U.S. needed. U.S. head coach Jerry Smith made three
changes in the 69th minute, sending on Oakes, Morrell and Chalupny.
Six minutes later,
Oakes tied the match.
The U.S. played the ball square through the midfield and Chalupny fed
Marquand on the right flank. She swung a cross into the penalty area that
skidded by Schott as Germany failed to clear. The ball bounced to Oakes,
who chest trapped it and struck a low shot from 12 yards out into the
left corner past diving German goalkeeper Ernst.
The Americans expertly killed the last 14 minutes of the game with quality
possession, no-nonsense clears and long balls into the corners that the
forwards shielded from the frantic German defenders. Still, the end of
the match was an all out war as both sides killed themselves to win tackles
and air balls as a light rain fell on Dokka Stadium, making the smooth
pitch even faster. The Americans did endure a bit of drama at the end
as the referee let five minutes of stoppage time go by, and in the last
minute, German forward Meier took a shot that was deflected for a corner
kick. Wambach then came up big, propelling her 5-foot-11 frame into the
air to clear the cross out of danger with a solid header and the USA's
place in the final was secure.
and Kraus kept tabs on the German attacking duo of Meier and Conny Pohlers
while Kluegel and Marquand handled the talented German outside midfielders.
Post Game Quotes
Captain Cat Reddick
The overall play
of the defense has been very solid in this tournament. We've allowed very
few shots and it was discouraging to see them score on their first chance.
But coming back from being a goal down showed the composure we have even
though we are young team.
We knew we had to play 90 minutes against Germany, so when we went a goal
down, no one panicked. Germany has some great players and they have a
mentality like the U.S., they never give up. We knew we had to play our
"A" game to make the final and the team came through."
Sitting on the bench,
I always prepare myself mentally so if I get a chance to go into the game,
I can make an impact. I was a bit surprised to see the ball bounce right
to me, luckily I got a good bounce and I was able to stick it in the corner.
Needing just a draw
to earn a place in a 5th consecutive Nordic Cup championship game, the
U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team put together its best performance
of the tournament so far, dominating a rugged and skillful German team
on both sides of the ball, but needed a 76th minute equalizer from 17-year-old
Jill Oakes (West Hills, Calif./Santa Anita Strikers) to salvage a 1-1
tie and a berth in the final. The USA will play Sweden for the championship
on Tuesday at Gjovik Stadium (7:00 p.m. local/1 p.m. ET).
The USA and Germany finished group play with seven points each, but the
USA won the group with a goal difference of plus-7 to Germany's plus-5.
The Americans suffered a harsh blow in the match when forward Abby Wambach
(Rochester, N.Y./Florida) picked up her second yellow card of the tournament
for a hard foul on German captain Nia Kunzer and will be suspended for
the championship game.
In the other Group A match, Iceland defeated Denmark, 3-0. In Group B,
Finland lost its chance for a place in the championship game by losing
2-1 to Canada, but it was Sweden who won the group after tying Norway,
2-2. Sweden, Finland and Canada all ended group play with four points,
but Sweden won the group with a superior goal difference over the other