WUSA Week Two Features Gao vs. Scurry Scoreless Sequel
CHICAGO (Monday, April 23, 2001) - Saturday's WUSA action saw a rematch of the goalkeepers from the 1999 Women's World Cup Final as China's Gao Hong patrolled the back for the New York Power against the Atlanta Beat, led by Briana Scurry, the hero for the U.S. in that historic match. As they did on July 10, 1999, neither goalkeeper allowed a goal as the match ended scoreless. The Beat vs. Power showdown attracted 20,170 fans to Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
German Olympian Maren Meinert scored the lone goal as the Boston Breakers defeated the Carolina Courage, 1-0, in the first ever match for the two WUSA clubs. Boston's American defender Keri Raygor was credited for the assist on Meinert's goal in the 14th minute of play. The home opener for the Courage drew a crowd of 6,143 fans to Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.
The Philadelphia Charge posted a 2-0 victory Sunday evening at San Diego to disappoint the Spirit's sell-out crowd of 6,155 screaming fans. Philadelphia got its goals from German defender Doris Fitschen and English forward Kelly Smith. Charge goalkeeper Melissa Moore made five saves in earning the shutout victory.