USA defeats Iceland 3-0 at Nordic Cup
Nordic Cup 2001
United States 3 Iceland 0
Gjovik Stadium - Gjovik, Norway
July 25, 2001 - 4:30 p.m. local (10:30 a.m. ET)
Weather: Clear, crisp - 65°F
USA -Schott (Reddick) 7th minute.
USA - Wambach (Barnes) 31.
USA -Wambach (Hawkins) 48.
18 Solo, Hope
5 Marquand, Ally(6-Zimny,Casey 81st)
4 Reddick, Catherine - Capt.
2 Kluegel, Jena
17 Crame, Aleisha (11-Jill Oakes, 78th)
23-Devvyn Hawkins (9-Erin Misaki, 76th)
14-Lori Lindsey (7-Lori Chalupny, 66th)
16-Katie Barnes (15-Danielle Borgman, 68th)
Summary: USA - Abby Wambach (caution) 91+.
2 Sigurdardóttir, Erna (5 Gretasdóttir,Embla, 62nd),
4 Gudbjornsdóttir, Eva
6 Olafsdóttir, Laufey (15Thordardóttir, Silja, 30th),
7 Erlingsdóttir, Elfa
9 Hendriksdóttir, Erla
10Johannesdótti, Hrefna (8 Thordardóttir, Gudny, 62nd)
11 Jonsdóttir, Katrin
13 Johanessdóttir, Laufey (3 Oddsdóttir,Eyrun 73rd)
14 Steinardóttir, Elin
16 Arnadóttir, Asta
Referee: Saja Ratikainen (Finland)
Asst. Referee: Frank Andas (Norway)
Asst. Referee: Tommy Frydenlund (Norway)
4th Official: Jenny Palmquist (Sweden)-
Two goals from Wambach
and one from Schott made it a totally one-sided affair in a 3-0 victory
over Iceland in the opening game of the 2001 Nordic Cup.
Iceland played a defensive 5-4-1 formation, but the USA beat the bunker
tactics early scoring in the 7th minute. The goal was created by U.S.
captain Reddick after she intercepted a pass in the midfield and took
off on a slashing run through the entire Iceland team. She got to the
end line and played a cross on the ground to the far post for Schott,
who slid and pounded her shot into the net from a sharp angle, five yards
outside the post and just two yards from the edge of the field.
The USA made it 2-0 in the 31st minute on a goal that started in midfield
as Schott and Lindsey played a quick wall-pass to carve through several
Iceland defenders. Lindsey then played a weak-side pass to Barnes who
ran the ball down and calmly chipped a perfect cross to the far post for
Wambach to head in inside the six-yard box.
The U.S. added a third goal three minutes into the second half after Hawkins
played a throw-in to Wambach deep in the left corner. She rolled inside
her defenderbefore shooting into the upper left corner from 12 yards.
The ball ricocheted off the crossbar on its way in, allowing Helgadóttir
Almost all of Iceland's danger came from the booming kicks of Helgadóttir.
U.S. goalkeeper Solo picked up the shutout, but besides two through balls
that shetook care of in the second half, had an uneventful match. U.S.
defenders played with a quality rhythm throughout the game, releasing
Marquand numerous times up the right flank during the first half and Kluegel
up the left wing in the second.
Cramer was solid
in the midfield for the U.S.as she used all of the 74-yard width to carve
apart the Iceland defense. While the U.S. created chances they gave up
many opportunities to increase their goal differential, the first tie-breaker
should teams finish group played tied on points.
The U.S. suffered a minor setback in stoppage time as Wambach was issued
a yellow card for plowing into the back of an Icelandic defender almost
half her size. If Wambach receives one more yellow card in the tournament,
she would be suspended for one match.
Post game quotes
U.S. Head Coach Jerry Smith
was very good in all aspects, except for our finishing. With 31 shots
at goal, we would expect to score more than three goals, but it's three
points earned and we came out of the match without any injuries. Abby
proved in the match that she is the quality striker that we knew she would
be when we selected her. She was unlucky not to get a hat trick. She might
be the best goal scorer in the tournament.