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Markgraf scores at last
« on: October 09, 2008, 11:46:52 AM »
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Sept. 20, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team swept its three-game series against Ireland with a 2-0 win on a beautiful night at Toyota Park in the third match of the Achieve Your Gold Tour.

The match was highly significant for two reasons. First, the U.S. women set a record for wins in a calendar year, picking up their 29th victory of 2008 to move to 29-1-1. The U.S. team won 28 games in 2004 while losing two and tying four.

Perhaps even more remarkable was defender Kate Markgraf scoring her first-ever international goal in her 193rd cap as she pounded home a penalty kick in the 31st minute.

Markgraf, who long ago set the U.S. record for most games without scoring, needed a bit of prodding from her teammates to run from midfield into the penalty box to take the kick, but coolly smacked her shot into the lower left corner past Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne to break her 192-game scoreless streak.

U.S. head coach Sundhage, the architect of the 29 wins this year and thus far the best-ever yearly winning percentage at .951, started Lindsay Tarpley at the withdrawn forward position, underneath Natasha Kai, and the moved paid off with the USA’s first goal of the night.

It came in the 19th minute when Carli Lloyd slipped a short pass into the penalty box for Tarpley, who spun a one-touch right into the path of Lori Chalupny. The U.S. left back was making a darting run behind the defense and settled the ball well. She then slipped it under Irish goalkeeper Emma Byrne from 10 yards out to give the Americans the lead.

“I think the game went well,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We knocked it around in the first half and the first goal from Lori Chalupny was excellent. I think they had a lot of fun out there and that’s the most important thing. We got two goals from defenders and that’s pretty great. That means we have many goal scorers and that’s important.”

In the 30th minute, Kai got a hold of a ball in the penalty box and was taken down as she tried to turn and bust through. Referee Jennifer Bennett immediately pointed to the spot, setting the stage for a piece of WNT history.

“I have 192 games with the National Team and scored no goals,” said Markgraf. “For the past 10 years, any time we’ve had a penalty opportunity that wasn’t in a major tournament they’ve tried to get me to take one. Today I finally caved and said ‘okay, I’ll take one today.’ Some of it had to do with being here in Chicago (where she will be playing in the WPS for the Red Stars), but I also had to get rid of the pressure! Natasha Kai probably put the most pressure on me. She would always say ‘I’m getting you a PK!’”

Markgraf debuted for the USA in 1997 and had played 15,278 minutes in a National Team jersey before she coolly slotted home her penalty kick. Her 193rd cap moved her past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time caps list.

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008, 01:25:58 PM »
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Sept. 20, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team swept its three-game series against Ireland with a 2-0 win on a beautiful night at Toyota Park in the third match of the Achieve Your Gold Tour.

The match was highly significant for two reasons. First, the U.S. women set a record for wins in a calendar year, picking up their 29th victory of 2008 to move to 29-1-1. The U.S. team won 28 games in 2004 while losing two and tying four.

Perhaps even more remarkable was defender Kate Markgraf scoring her first-ever international goal in her 193rd cap as she pounded home a penalty kick in the 31st minute.

Markgraf, who long ago set the U.S. record for most games without scoring, needed a bit of prodding from her teammates to run from midfield into the penalty box to take the kick, but coolly smacked her shot into the lower left corner past Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne to break her 192-game scoreless streak.

U.S. head coach Sundhage, the architect of the 29 wins this year and thus far the best-ever yearly winning percentage at .951, started Lindsay Tarpley at the withdrawn forward position, underneath Natasha Kai, and the moved paid off with the USA’s first goal of the night.

It came in the 19th minute when Carli Lloyd slipped a short pass into the penalty box for Tarpley, who spun a one-touch right into the path of Lori Chalupny. The U.S. left back was making a darting run behind the defense and settled the ball well. She then slipped it under Irish goalkeeper Emma Byrne from 10 yards out to give the Americans the lead.

“I think the game went well,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We knocked it around in the first half and the first goal from Lori Chalupny was excellent. I think they had a lot of fun out there and that’s the most important thing. We got two goals from defenders and that’s pretty great. That means we have many goal scorers and that’s important.”

In the 30th minute, Kai got a hold of a ball in the penalty box and was taken down as she tried to turn and bust through. Referee Jennifer Bennett immediately pointed to the spot, setting the stage for a piece of WNT history.

“I have 192 games with the National Team and scored no goals,” said Markgraf. “For the past 10 years, any time we’ve had a penalty opportunity that wasn’t in a major tournament they’ve tried to get me to take one. Today I finally caved and said ‘okay, I’ll take one today.’ Some of it had to do with being here in Chicago (where she will be playing in the WPS for the Red Stars), but I also had to get rid of the pressure! Natasha Kai probably put the most pressure on me. She would always say ‘I’m getting you a PK!’”

Markgraf debuted for the USA in 1997 and had played 15,278 minutes in a National Team jersey before she coolly slotted home her penalty kick. Her 193rd cap moved her past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time caps list.

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she';ll be catching up to Abby Wambach soon ;)