GIMHAE, South Korea (Oct. 29, 2006) – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened the 2006 Peace Queen Cup with 1-1 tie against Denmark as Kristine Lilly scored in the 73rd minute to tie the match after Denmark had taken the lead just 12 minutes into the game.
The USA’s next match is at Chenoan Stadium outside of Seoul on Tuesday, Oct. 31 against Australia, a 1-0 winner over the Netherlands in the other Group B match. With the draw, the USA likely needs to win its final two matches to make the Peace Queen Cup championship game. After playing Australia, the USA will finish Group B play against the Netherlands on Nov. 2, in Suwon, at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the outskirts of Seoul.
The USA dominated the first half, firing nine shots to Denmark’s three and earning 10 corner kicks to Denmark’s zero, but it was the Danes who got the first goal, scoring on their first trip into the USA’s defensive third.
Forward Johanna Rasmussen spun a cross from the left wing on the ground in front of the USA’s retreating back line and Camilla Anderson hammered her left-footed first-time shot into the upper left corner from 16 yards, skimming the ball off the bottom of the crossbar and leaving U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo no chance.
Seconds earlier, the USA had missed a golden opportunity when Aly Wagner put Lilly through as the U.S. forward made a great run straight up the middle of the Danish defense, but with pressure coming on her left, she blasted the ball wide right of the goal from just outside the penalty box.
Andersen’s goal marked just the second time the USA had trailed in 2006 after the USA also fell behind 1-0 against Japan on May 7, but roared back to win 3-1 on a hat trick from Abby Wambach. With the tie, the USA moves to 13-0-4 this year and remains undefeated under head coach Greg Ryan.
The USA peppered the Denmark goal before the break, putting seven of its nine shots on frame, but Danish goalkeeper Heidi Johansen was extremely solid and made 10 saves in the match. The USA was denied an obvious penalty kick in the 22nd minute when Wambach was clearly cut down in the right side of the penalty box.
Less than a minute later, Wambach weaved her way through defenders on the dribble in the right side of the penalty area and fired a point blank shot at the near post that Johansen did well to kick save.
In the 40th minute, Wagner tried to catch Johansen off her goal line, but the U.S. midfielder’s probing chip from 25 yards out was tipped over the bar by the Danish ‘keeper.
The USA had a scare just before halftime as the wrong-footed Solo had to scramble back to save a deflected shot that was rolling harmlessly before it hit a U.S. defender and changed direction.
The USA finally broke through in the 73rd minute as Wambach out-muscled Mariann Knudsen in the left side of the box. She kept her feet despite a clip at her heels, and dribbled hard toward the near post before laying a perfect ball back on the grass to Lilly. The U.S. captain fired her first-time shot into the roof of the net at the upper left corner from 14 yards away. The clinical finish was the 114th goal of Lilly’s legendary career.
Just three minutes earlier, Carli Lloyd had a crack at goal, that chance also courtesy of a Wambach feed, who cut a short cross back into goal mouth traffic from the left side of the penalty area. Lloyd faked a shot and took a touch to give herself a sliver of space, but could not connect on her shot as it rolled right to Johansen.
Denmark did an excellent job defending the USA’s corner kick services, clearing all 10 of them in the first half, and then played a much better second half, limiting the U.S. team to one corner kick after the break. Denmark also did well to possess the ball in the second half and managed to put some pressure on the U.S. net, forcing Solo to make several challenging grabs off crosses.
The Americans had a final chance to win the game in the 86th minute as Wambach won a header to knock a Natasha Kai cross back into the middle, but Wagner’s shot amidst a scramble in front of the net was blocked right off her foot.
Denmark, which put just three shots on frame in the match, had just two dangerous chances besides the goal, a driven shot from Merete Pederson in the first half that sailed over the cross bar and the deflected shot that Solo corralled.
In Australia’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands, forward Sarah Walsh scored in the 67th minute when the Aussie forward hammered in a shot from the left elbow of the six-yard box. Australia dominated the match and with some better finishing, would have enjoyed a more comfortable afternoon as the Matildas missed three open net opportunities.
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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Denmark
Competition: 2006 Peace Queen Cup
Venue: Gimhae Stadium; Gimhae, South Korea
Date: October 29, 2006; Kickoff – 5:00 p.m. local / 3:00 a.m. ET
Weather: Cool, clear – 65 degrees
1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
DEN 1 0 1
DEN – Camilla Andersen (Johanna Rasmussen) 12th minute.
USA – Kristine Lilly (Abby Wambach) 73.
USA - 18-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Cat Whitehill (15-Kate Markgraf, 46), 3-Christie Rampone, 17-Lori Chalupny; 12-Leslie Osborne, 11-Carli Lloyd (21-Marci Miller, 87), 10-Aly Wagner, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (6-Natasha Kai, 72), 20-Abby Wambach, 13-Kristine Lilly – Capt.
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 8-Tina Frimpong, 14-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Angela Hucles, 19-Kacey White, 23-Joanna Lohman.
Head Coach: Greg Ryan
DEN - 1-Heidi Johansen; 6-Camilla Andersen, 4-Christina Orntoft, 2-Line Hansen, 5-Mariann Knudsen; 20-Ditte Larsen, 7-Janne Madsen (8-Helle Nielsen, 78), 3-Mette Jensen, 10-Nanna Johansen (9-Mette Jorgensen, 87); 13-Johanna Rasmussen, 11-Merete Pedersen – Capt. (19-Louise Kristiansen, 75).
Subs not used: 12-Gitta Pederson, 14-Louise Hansen, 15-Camila Morgensen, 16-Mette Bjerg, 17-Mia Pedersen, 18-Maja Juliussen.
Head Coach: Kenneth Heiner-Moller
USA / DEN
Shots: 16 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Saves: 2 / 10
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 7
Offside: 7 / 0
Misconduct Summary: None.
Referee: Shin Hwa Yeon (KOR)
Asst. Referee: Lee Seul Gi (KOR)
Asst. Referee: Choi Mi Kyeong (KOR)
4th Official: Kim Mi Ok (KOR)
Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach
2006 Peace Queen Cup Standings
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
CAN 1 0 0 3 3 2 +1
BRA 1 0 1 3 1 0 +1
ITA 0 1 0 0 2 3 -1
KOR 0 1 0 0 0 1 -1
Brazil 1, South Korea 0
Canada 3, Italy 2
Brazil vs. Italy
South Korea vs. Canada
Brazil vs. Canada
South Korea vs. Italy
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
AUS 1 0 0 3 1 0 +1
USA 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
DEN 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
NED 0 1 0 0 0 1 -1
Australia 1, Netherlands 0
USA 1, Denmark 1
USA vs. Australia
Netherlands vs. Denmark
Australia vs. Denmark
USA vs. Netherlands
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM QUOTE SHEET
U.S. head coach Greg Ryan on the match:
“I am very happy with the performance overall. We were going at them and against the flow of play, they scored a great goal. So we were down for most of the game, but we fought and created plenty of chances, enough chances to win the game for sure…I would have liked to have gotten the win, but now it’s up to beating Australia in a couple of days.”
On the rest of the tournament:
“I think it is very clear that we have to win our next two games to go to through to the Final, but in every tournament it’s the same situation. Australia will be a very good game for us, and if we can win that one, we have a good chance to make it to the final.”
On the 61-minute push for an equalizer:
“When you are down a goal, you keep trying to play your style of soccer and hope to get a goal back, but as the game gets later and later and you still don’t have a goal, you have to push harder. Sometimes if you push too hard early, you don’t have the energy to finish the game and you end up giving up another goal.”
On the Peace Queen Cup:
“We’re very thankful to the organizing committee for inviting us to this tournament. It’s helping our young players develop in high quality matches. Tonight was a great match for our young team. For us to be down a goal this late in a game with our younger players (on the field) is very important, so when we have these difficult situations, our young players are confident and strong and can handle adversity. The Peace Cup is a fantastic opportunity to continue development for qualification and hopefully the World Cup.”
On the Australia game:
“Australia has been a very difficult game for us. The last two times we’ve played, we’ve had draws. In the Olympics, 1-1, and then, 0-0, last October. Australia may be the best defending team in the world. They are very difficult to get goals from and their opponents don’t score very often. They keep nine players behind the ball…I think the key for us is to go out and play attacking soccer for 90 minutes and hope we can break down a very good defense.”
U.S. captain Kristine Lilly on her goal and the match:
“I wish I could have put a couple in earlier. Coming back to tie is great for us because we were down a goal, but we play every game to win, so we are very disappointed.”
On the Peace Queen Cup:
“I think it’s great that they added the women’s side to the Peace Cup. Anytime we have the opportunity to come play in a big tournament with top-ranked teams in the world, especially World Cup teams, it’s great for us. When you compete at this level, you always want to play against the best teams and this Peace Cup has a lot of the best teams in the world right now.”
U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd on the match:
“It was a little difficult because Leslie (Osborne) and I played two holding mids and we had to sit back on seven and six, so I was always getting back trying to get behind six as well as trying to get into the attack. It felt like it was 120s (sprints) for the entire game. It was a lot of running.”
On her chance in the 70th minute:
“I could have hit it one-time, but I know it would have deflected off a player so I took a few touches and I just didn’t get enough on it. It went through a few players to the ‘keeper. I wanted to hit it harder.”