The game marked a successful homecoming for former University of Portland stars Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, who played a part in all four goals and caused danger all game long by consistently running at the Australian defense.
The Americans were ahead 1-0 before 30 seconds had elapsed. Milbrett's cross from the left flank was poorly cleared by the Australian defense. The ball sat on the turf for Fotopoulos to bury into the roof of the net from seven yards out for her 8th international goal.
U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco started just three of his regulars in Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett, but brought on Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, Cindy Parlow, Kate Sobrero and Joy Fawcett at halftime.
The regular starters took the game to Australia, scoring three quality goals in the second half. The USA almost blew it open early in the half, but Parlow's glancing header flew just wide of the right post in the 52nd minute and Milbrett's diving header was brilliantly saved by Australian goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler in the 53rd.
The first goal of the second half came in the 68th minute off a corner kick from Shannon MacMillan. Her bullet cross was flicked on by a U.S. player to Kristine Lilly, whose rocket shot was saved by Wheeler. The rebound popped up in the air to Parlow, who placed her header over the sprawling Wheeler and into the net from six yards out. It was Parlow's 21st international goal.
Three minutes later it was MacMillan again who created the goal, this time running down the right flank before slotting a perfect cross to the streaking Lilly, who buried her left footed shot into the right corner for her 73rd international goal.
Milbrett got the final goal five minutes from the end of the match, running onto a cross from Cindy Parlow and lifting the ball into the left corner from 10 yards out for her 58th international goal and 11th of this year.
DiCicco gave the day off to Mia Hamm, captain Carla Overbeck and starting goalkeeper Briana Scurry, but none was missed as the Americans controlled the match, out-shooting the Matildas 22-5. U.S. goalkeeper Saskia Webber had a solid match, making two saves to earn the shutout.
Both teams return to action on Sunday, June 6, at Civic Stadium in Portland, as the USA faces Canada at 11 a.m. in the U.S. women's first ever match broadcast live on ABC at 11 a.m. PT. Australia will face Brazil at 1:30 p.m.
The USA-Canada match marks the end of the 10-game NIKE Road to Pasadena tour and is the final game for the USA before beginning Women's World Cup play on June 19th against Denmark at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
1999 U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
|Participants:||United States National Team vs. Australia National Team|
|Competition:||NIKE Road to Pasadena / International Friendly|
|Venue:||North Campus Field; NIKE World Headquarters (Beaverton, Ore.)|
|Date:||June 3, 1999 - Kickoff 3:00 p.m. PT|
|Weather:||Devastatingly beautiful -- 75 degrees|
USA - Danielle Fotopoulos, (Unassisted), 1,
USA - Cindy Parlow, (Unassisted), 68,
USA - Kristine Lilly, (Shannon MacMillan), 71,
USA - Tiffeny Milbrett, (Cindy Parlow), 85.
USA - 18-Saskia Webber, 2-Lorrie Fair (10-Michelle Akers, 46th), 3-Christie Pearce (20-Kate Sobrero, 46th), 5-Tiffany Roberts (14-Joy Fawcett, 46th), 7-Sara Whalen, 6-Brandi Chastain, 13-Kristine Lilly, 15-Tisha Venturini (11-Julie Foudy, 46th), 8-Shannon MacMillan, 16-Tiffeny Milbrett, 22-Danielle Fotopoulos (22-Cindy Parlow, 46th).
AUS - 18-Tracey Wheeler, 2-Traci Bartlett, 5-Sarah Cooper (25-Amy Taylor, 66th), 4-Anissa Tann-Darby (16-Kristyn Swaffer, 68th), 15-Bridgette Starr (7-Alicia Ferguson, 75th), 14-Kelly Golebiowski (6-Amy Wilson, 66th), 11-Joanne Peters, 9-Cheryl Salisbury, 23-Alison Foreman, 10-Julie Murray, 19-Angela Iannotta (13-Peita-Claire Hepperlin, 86th).
|Christie Pearce (caution)||38,|
|Brandi Chastain (caution)||82.|