Tuesday, September 11, 2007

ATH: Women's World Cup

US Opens With Draw
09/11/2007 8:10 AM

CHENGDU, China (Sept. 11, 2007) – Through steady rain, the US came away with a draw in their first FIFA Women’s World Cup match against North Korea.

After a scoreless first half, the US got on the board first when an Abby Wambach strike was too much for goalkeeper Jon Myong Hui to handle. Just a few minutes later, however, the striker would suffer a deep cut to the back of her head on defensive play, forcing the US to play with 10 players for several minutes while getting stitched up.

"I could hear the crowd going crazy when I was in the locker room getting my stitches," said Wambach. "I only wish the doctor could have gotten them in faster."

A young North Korea team seemed unphased, and took full advantage of their man-up situation, pulling even in the 58th minute when Kil Son Hui struck a long-distance shot that Hope Solo couldn’t handle in the wet conditions. Just four minutes later, the North Koreans took the lead on a goal from Kim Yong Ae.

North Korea head coach Kim Kwang-Min said "I think the USA is the best team in the world frankly, but today they did not perform to the best of their ability and we took advantage of it. I think we played well tonight and I am satisfied. I hope we can get better as the tournament goes on."

The Americans, back to full strength, tied the game on a Heather O’Reilly finish with the outside of her right foot in the 69th minute to earn a tough 2-2 draw, and an important point in Group B. The US will next face Sweden on Friday, Sept. 14 at 4:55 a.m. EST on ESPN.

-- Game Report --

Participants: U.S. WNT vs. North Korea
Competition: FIFA Women’s World Cup
Location: Chengdu, China
Date: Sept. 11, 2007
Attendance: TBD

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
PRK 0 2 2

USA – Abby Wambach (Kristine Lilly) 50th minute
PRK – Kil Son Hui 58.
PRK – Kim Yong Ae 62.
USA – Heather O’Reilly 69.

USA: 1- Hope Solo; 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Cat Whitehill, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly (6-Natasha Kai, 90), 11-Carli Lloyd, 13-Kristine Lilly, 14-Stephanie Lopez, 15-Kate Markgraf, 17-Lori Chalupny, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 1-Briana Scurry, 2-Marian Dalmy, 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 8-Tina Ellertson, 10-Ally Wagner, 12-Leslie Osborne, 16-Angela Hucles, 19-Marci Jobson, 21-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Greg Ryan

PRK: 21-J. Myong Hui; 2-Kim Kwong Hwa, 3-On Jong Ran, 5-Song Jong Sun, 7-Ho Sun Hui (17-Kim Yong Ae; 19-Jong Pok Sim), 8-Kil Son Hui, 9-Ri Un Suk, 12-Ri Un Gyong, 15-Sonu Kyong Sun, 16-K. Hye Ok
Subs Not Used: 1-Phi Un Hui, 4-Yun Song Me, 6-Kim Ok Sim, 11-Ho Un Byol, 14-Jang Yong Ok, 18-Yun Hyon Hi, 20-Hong Myong Gum
Head Coach: Kim Kwang Min

Statistical Summary: USA / PRK
Shots 21/18
Shots on goal 8/10
Saves 6/8
Fouls 13/13
Corner Kicks 6/7
Offside 0/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Christie Rampone (caution) 45th minute
PRK – J. Pok Sim (caution) 90.

Referee: Nicole Petignat (SUI)
1st Assistant: Corinne La Grange (FRA)
2nd Assistant: Karine Vives Solana (FRA)
Fourth Official: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Courtesy of US Soccer Communications. Quotes courtesy of FIFA.com

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