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U-21 WNT Gain Momentum for Nordic Cup


U.S. U-21s KNOCK OFF NEW JERSEY WILDCATS IN FINAL GAME BEFORE NORDIC CUP

ZAREPHATH, N.J (July 13, 2005) - The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team handed the New Jersey Wildcats of the USL W-League their first loss of the year on Wednesday, winning 2-1 at the fields of the PDA club in New Jersey. U.S. Women's National Team regulars Lindsay Tarpley (first half) and Lori Chalupny (second half) provided the goals for the USA before Kelly Hammond (herself a U.S. U-21 pool player) pulled one back for New Jersey late in the game.

The loss was the first of the year for the Wildcats, who are stacked with National Team players, and who have allowed just one goal in league play while going 11-0-0. U.S. Women's National Team defender Cat Reddick and forward Christie Welsh played for the Wildcats, along with U-21 pool players Hammond and Kacey White, Canadian National Team goalkeeper Karina LaBlanc and England National Team star Rachel Unitt.

The U-21s leave on the evening of Thursday, July 14, for Sweden, where they open Nordic Cup play against Iceland on July 20. The USA will also face Denmark and Germany in first round play as they shoot for their seventh consecutive Nordic Cup title. U.S. forward Kelly Schmedes injured her ankle during the match and is now questionable for the trip to Sweden.

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