U.S. Women Earn Fourth Victory on Achieve Your Gold Tour With 3-1 Win Over South Korea
RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 1, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team made it four wins in four games on the 2008 Achieve Your Gold Tour, defeating South Korea 3-1 to open a three-game series that continues on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Cincinnati and concludes on Nov. 8 in Tampa.
Angela Hucles and Heather O’Reilly each scored first-half goals as the U.S. won their 30th game in 2008, building upon their record number of wins in a calendar year. After the half, Lindsay Tarpley scored her career high 12th goal of the year.
“After about the 20th minute, we started to knock the ball around a little bit and today we scored three great goals,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “I think the whole team did a pretty good job today and there is something very positive to be said about every player.”
Hucles, a native of Virginia Beach and alumna of the University of Virginia, scored the first goal of the match in the 26th minute when she finished a great attacking build. After receiving the ball deep in the right side, Natasha Kai dished the ball into the box for O’Reilly, who looked up and saw Hucles unmarked at the far post. The pass from O’Reilly skipped through to Hucles, who finished perfectly in front of her hometown fans.
“It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time,” said Hucles, who was named Sierra Mist Woman of the Match. “I don’t get as much opportunity to come back to Virginia as I’d like, so it’s great to be able to have my family here and be able to help the team get a win.”
In the 38th minute, Hucles started the play that lead to the second U.S. goal. A perfectly timed through ball into the left side of the penalty from the USA’s leading scorer at the Olympics found Kai, who played a hard cross to the back post where O’Reilly drilled it into the empty net.
Despite the control that the U.S. demonstrated in the latter stages of the first half, South Korea was not without chances. In the 21st minute a shot from the right foot of Park Hee Young went off the inside of Nicole Barnhart’s left post and then behind the U.S. goalkeeper before it was eventually cleared out of danger. Korea had another good chance in the 45th minute, when Park Hee Young played Cha Yun Hee into the area, but her shot went over a charging Barnhart and the crossbar.
The U.S. came out firing in the second half, as halftime substitute Aly Wagner sent a pass wide right to Tarpley about 28 yards from the endline and near the corner of the penalty area. Seeing the Korean goalkeeper off her line, Tarpley drilled a high shot that dipped over the goalkeeper’s head and just inside the far post to give the U.S. a 3-0 advantage.
South Korea got a goal back in the 71st minute, when the U.S. backline turned the ball over inside the penalty area. Hang Song I waited to draw second-half substitute goalkeeper Briana Scurry, off her line before softly slipping a shot inside the far post.
The U.S. continues its three-game series with South Korea on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. ET, and then on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. at 7 p.m. ET. The U.S. also recently announced a Dec. 17 match vs. China in Detroit. Tickets for all U.S. Women’s National Team games are available via ussoccer.com.
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. South Korea
Date: Nov. 1, 2008
Competition: International Friendly – Achieve Your Gold Tour
Venue: University of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 67 degrees, cool, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
KOR 0 1 1
USA – Angela Hucles (Heather O’Reilly) 26th minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Natasha Kai) 38
USA – Lindsay Tarpley (Aly Wagner) 48
KOR – Han Song I 71
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart (22-Briana Scurry, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (19-Marian Dalmy, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 15-Kate Markgraf (4-Rachel Buehler, 63), 17-Lori Chalupny (14-Stephanie Cox, 63); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd (10-Aly Wagner, 46), 16-Angela Hucles; 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 6-Natasha Kai (20-Tina Ellertson, 46)
Subs not used: 21-Kacey White
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
KOR: 18-Kim Jung Mi ; 3-Yi Ju Eun, 13-Kim Do Yeon (16-Shim Seo Yeon, 83), 4-Kim Yoo Mi, 24-Cho So Hyun (15-Hwang Boram, 81); 28-Kim Sooyun (14-Go Taehwa, 57), 8-Kwon Han Nul, 10-Lee Jang Mi, 22-Lee Eun Mi (9-Han Song I, 63); 19-Cha Yun Hee (25-Kim Yunji, 72), 11-Park Hee Young (6-Joen Ga Eul, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Jun Mink Yung, 7-Kim Huiyeong, 12-Lee Sea Eun, 17-Choi Sun Jin, 20-Kim Yu Jin, 21-Kim Seuri, 27-Kwak Jihye, 29-Noh Dahee
Head Coach: An Iksoo
Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 14 / 10
Shots on Goal: 7 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 4 / 1
Referee: Deborah Coleman (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Shannon Poplstein (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Melanie Johnson (USA)
Fourth Official: Meredith Hacket (USA)
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