Women’s Team Finishes in First Place at 2005 Deaflympic Games in
Melbourne, Australia; Men’s Team Finishes in Best-Ever Ninth Place
MELBOURNE, Australia (January 17, 2005)—The United States’ Women’s Deaf National Soccer Team took the Gold Medal at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, January 16, by defeating Russia, 3-0, at the Olympic Park. The U.S. women finished undefeated to become the first soccer Gold Medal winners of the tournament, as this was the first year women’s soccer was included as a Deaflympic sport. The U.S Men’s Deaflympic team ended their tournament run with the team’s highest finish ever, defeating the Czech Republic, 1-0, for ninth place on Friday.
Kelly Beechy led the U.S. in the final game, opening up scoring in the 28th minute and then again in the 74th. Also scoring for the U.S. was Virginia Keeler, who put one past the Russian ‘keeper in the 66th minute. The U.S. advanced to the final game with a 7-2 semifinal win over Denmark. Megan Johnston led the team in the semifinal with a hat-trick. Beechy scored twice for the U.S., and Katie Romano and U.S. captain Erin Coppedge each tallied once.
Keeler finishes the tournament tied in third place in the scoring table, with seven goals, along with Norway’s Tone Rorstad. Coppedge was the tournament’s second leading scorer, with 10 goals, following Russia’s Irinia Degtrayeva, who had 12.
On the men’s side, Josh Reiher had the team’s game-winning goal in the 23rd minute as the U.S. men defeated the Czech Republic, 1-0, for ninth place. The ninth-place finish is the team’s highest ever, after finishing in 10th place at the 2001 Deaflympics in Rome, Italy.
Women's Deaflympic Team Results
Men's Deaflympic Team Results
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