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Despite 1-0 Loss to Italy on a Stoppage Time Goal, Australia Finishes Second in 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup

CARY, N.C. (Wednesday, October 9, 2002) – Needing a two-goal win to finish in second place in the 2002 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup, the Italian Women’s National Team (1-2-0) came up a goal short in posting a 1-0 victory over Australia (1-2-0) tonight at SAS Park in Cary, N.C. After 90 minutes of scoreless, rough-and-tumble action, Italian midfielder Elisa Camporese snapped home a header at the top of the six-yard box in the first minute of stoppage time to grab the lead. The Italians pushed for a second goal, but came up short, despite outshooting Australia 9-3.

Even with the loss, Australia claimed second place with three points and a superior goal differential of –3. Italy, with a –4 goal differential, finished in third place, while Russia finished in fourth place with a –5 goal differential. By winning all three of its matches by a combined score of 13-1, the U.S. Women’s National Team claimed first place with nine points and won their eighth Nike U.S. Women’s Cup title in as many chances.


Participants: Australia Women's National Team vs. Italy
Competition: 2002 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup
Venue:   SAS Park (Cary, N.C.)
Date:   Oct. 9, 2002; Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Attendance:  364
Weather:  Cool, clear – 68 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 - 2 - F
Italy 0 - 1 - 1
Australia 0 - 0 - 0

ITA – Elisa Camporese (Pamela Conti), 91+.

ITA - 12-Carla Brunozzi; 4-Pamela Conti, 15-Valentina Boni (7-Damiana Deiana, 79), 5-Margherita Masia, 6-Giula Perelli; 20-Elisa Camporese, 16-Piera Maglio (17-Alessia Tuttino, 73), 9-Patricia Panico, 10-Tatiana Zorri; 11-Rita Guarino (capt.) (18-Ilaria Pasqui, 66), 19-Chiara Gazzoli (2-Moira Placchi, 69).
Subs Not Used: 1-Fabiana Comin, 8-Marina Pellizzer, 14-Katia Serra.

AUS: 18-Melissa Barbieri; 3-Sacha Wainwright (2-Gillian Thomson, 49), 4-Diane Alagich, 5-Cheryl Salisbury, 6-Anissa Tann – Capt.; 7-Kelly Golebiowski, 10-Joanne Peters, 11-Heather Garriock, 12-Rhian Davies (13-Thea Slayter, 75); 15-Tal Karp (14-Peita-Claire Hepperlin, 77), 17-Natalie Thomas (8-Olivia Hohnke, 70).
Subs Not Used: 1-Cassandra Kell, 9-April Mann, 16-Amy Wilson.

Statistical Summary: ITA / AUS
Shots: 9 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 0
Fouls: 22 / 15
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Natalie Thomas (caution), 22.
ITA – Dianne Alagich (caution), 25.
ITA – Chiara Gazzoli (caution), 41.
AUS – Kelly Golebiowski (caution), 78.
ITA – Margherita Masia (caution), 92+.

Referee: Rachel Woo (USA)
Asst. Referee: Abbas Piran (USA)
Asst. Referee: Kim Oberle (USA)
4th Official: Sandra Serafini (USA)