The match marked the first 11-goal victory, and seventh double-figure goal output, in U.S. Women's National Team history (there have been two 12-goal triumphs) as the USA began scoring in the 4th minute with a goal from Parlow and didn't stop until the 90th minute when Whalen tallied.
The U.S. rained 33 shots on the T&T net, scoring a remarkable one in three times it shot, and Parlow became just the second player to score four hat tricks in a calendar year, a feat first accomplished by Michelle Akers in 1991.
"We have two phrases on this team," said U.S. head coach April Heinrichs. "Is good enough to get it done good enough? The answer is no, we always want more. And the other is, what do you do when no one is watching? Our team has achieved what it has in the past decade because of the work players have done while they were away from the team when no one's watching. Even though there were 10,000 people out there today, we didn't have to be on the cutting edge of our game to win today. But there were many, many players out there playing and making decisions as if we needed to be."
Defender Christie Pearce created the first and third goals, rounding the defense on the right wing before finding the cutting Parlow in slot in the 4th minute. In the 23rd minute, she whipped a pinpoint cross from the right flank to the far post where Fair met the ball with a bullet header into the left corner. One minute earlier, Fair had scored her first header goal, running onto a lobbed pass from Tiffeny Milbrett and beating T&T goalkeeper Nicole Mitchell to the ball to nod it into the open net. Fair came into 2000 with just one career goal, but has found the net six times this year, including two multiple goal games.
Mia Hamm was ever-present in the T&T penalty box and created Milbrett's goal when she challenged the goalkeeper on a bouncing ball and got run over in the collision. With both Hamm and Mitchell on the ground, Milbrett volleyed the loose ball into the net for her 74th career goal.
Three minutes into the second half, Hamm then got one of her own as Parlow's lunge kept a bouncing ball alive in the penalty box for her to drive into the roof of the net from close range. In the 52nd minute Parlow scored on a spectacular header from Milbrett's corner kick, and then 10 minutes after that, Hamm loosed Shannon MacMillan inside the penalty box with a brilliant pass. MacMillan, who had earlier skied a penalty kick over the crossbar, rounded the 'keeper and pushed the ball home from six yards for her 30th career goal.
The eighth goal was the prettiest as Kate Sobrero launched a perfect weak-side pass over the defense to MacMillan on the right flank. She drove hard towards the net before cutting a pass back to Parlow, who back-heeled the ball to Hamm, who with her back to the goal, back-heeled the ball into the net.
"The game was good for us because we knocked the ball around and went forward really well," said Hamm. "The substitutes came off the bench and really contributed, so it was a great overall team performance."
Parlow finished her hat trick in the 73rd minute when she bravely headed Brandi Chastain's driven cross into the goal but paid for it, as she got plowed over by the charging Mitchell. It was the fifth hat trick of her career and upped her international goal total to 40. Hamm upped her world record total to 120 career goals.
The speedy Sara Whalen, who came on in the 57th minute, then got the last two goals, running onto a Shannon MacMillan pass in the 80th minute and slipping her shot under the goalkeeper, before finishing the night with her near post blast off a breakaway as time expired. Whalen upped her international goal total to five with her first career multiple goal game.
Trinidad's only chance of the game came early as Natalie Des Vignes shoved Joy Fawecett to the ground and raced in on goal, but shot weakly and Siri Mullinix saved it with an easy collapse dive. It was the eighth shutout of the year for the 23-year old Mullinix. The final score line could have been even more lopsided, as Mitchell made a handful of fine saves and the Americans got two goals called back for offside.
"We are never focused on the just the product, we're focused on the process," added Heinrichs. "Whether we score two goals or eight goals, we just want to win and playing well doing it, and for us, that process is so much more important than the final score."
The USA travels to Louisville, Ky. tomorrow where it will face Costa Rica at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Sunday, June 25, in its next Women's Gold Cup match. Kickoff is 4 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The USA finishes the first round against Brazil at Foxboro Stadium in Boston, Mass. on Tuesday, June 27, at 8 p.m. ET (Live on ESPN). Brazil opened their tournament with an 8-0 thrashing of Costa Rica as Roseli and Formiga each tallied twice.
2000 U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
|Participants:||U.S. Women's National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago National Team|
|Competition:||CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000|
|Venue:||Hersheypark Stadium (Hershey, Pa.)|
|Date:||June 23, 2000 - Kickoff 8 p.m. ET|
|Weather:||80 degrees - Clear, Warm|
USA - Cindy Parlow, (Christie Pearce), 4,
USA - Lorrie Fair, (Tiffeny Milbrett), 22,
USA - Lorrie Fair, (Christie Pearce), 23,
USA - Tiffeny Milbrett (Unassisted), 34,
USA - Mia Hamm, (Cindy Parlow), 48,
USA - Cindy Parlow, (Tiffeny Milbrett), 52,
USA - Shannon MacMillan, (Mia Hamm), 62,
USA - Mia Hamm, (Cindy Parlow), 68,
USA - Cindy Parlow, (Brandi Chastain), 73,
USA - Sara Whalen, (Shannon MacMillan), 80,
USA - Sara Whalen (Unassisted), 90.
USA - 26-Siri Mullinix, 3-Christie Pearce, 14-Joy Fawcett, 20-Kate Sobrero, 6-Brandi Chastain, 13-Kristine Lilly, 2-Lorrie Fair (5-Nikki Serlenga, 46th), 11-Julie Foudy (Capt.) (8-Shannon MacMillan, 46th), 12-Cindy Parlow, 16-Tiffeny Milbrett (7-Sara Whalen, 57th), 9-Mia Hamm.
T&T - 1-Nicole Mitchell, 2-Janelle Noel (Leslie Ann James, 72nd), 4-Myra Grant, 6-Leslie Ann James, Natasha Thomas, 8-Natalie Des Vignes, 9-Ricarda Nelson, 11-Kathy Ann Nixon, 12-Izler Browne (Capt.), 13-Tricia Cooper (10-Delia Silva, 44th), 17-Janelle James (15-Margaret Andem, 57th).
|2000 Gold Cup Standings|
|USA||1||1||0||0||11||0||3 (+11 GD)|
|Brazil||1||1||0||0||8||0||3 (+8 GD)|
|Costa Rica||1||0||1||0||0||8||0 (-8 GD)|
|Trinidad & Tobago||1||0||1||0||0||11||0 (-11 GD)|
June 23 - Hershey, Pa.
Brazil 8, Costa Rica 0
USA 11, Trinidad & Tobago 0
|Gold Cup Leading Goal Scorers|