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WUSA: Prinz scores 2 as Courage pulls even with Charge
June 27th, 2002 12:51AM



Birgit Prinz scored two goals and assisted on a third Wednesday night as the visiting Carolina Courage pulled even with Philadelphia atop the WUSA standings with a 3-2 victory over New York before 5,022 at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The game's start was delayed 30 minutes by a lightning storm. Prinz scored in the 14th and 22nd minutes, her fourth and fifth goals of the season, and assisted on Hege Riise's 79th-minute winner to extend her points streak to six games, her entire WUSA career. Danielle Fotopoulos, whose throw-in led to Prinz's first goal, also extended her points streak to six games. The victory gives Carolina (7-2-3) 24 points, three more than the club amassed during the first WUSA season. Philadelphia (7-1-3) has a game in hand over the Courage and will win the season series between the teams, the first standings tiebreaker. Former Courage defender Jaclyn Raveia, acquired on Tuesday, and midfielder Justi Baumgardt, acquired Wednesday, made their New York debuts. New York (2-9-1, 7 points), which lost its fifth in a row, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie on Wynne McIntosh's first WUSA goal, in the 34th minute, and substitute Emily Janss' 66th-minute header, her fifth goal of the season. Riise's winner came on a rebound of a Prinz shot. WEDNESDAY'S SUMMARY June 26 at Uniondale, N.Y. New York 2 Carolina 3. Goals: McIntosh (Whelchel) 34, Janss (Milbrett) 66; Prinz (Riise, Fotopoulos) 14, Prinz (James, Riise) 22, Riise (Prinz) 79. New York -- Gao; Pearce, Raveia (Stauffer, 83), Whelchel, Fair; McIntosh, Lalor (Janss, 46), Whalen, Rapp, Ormen (Baumgardt, 79); Milbrett. Carolina -- Luckenbill; Burt, Fettig, Slaton, O'Hanley (Baxter, 46); T. Roberts, James (Anderson, 51), Riise, Lehn; Prinz, Fotopoulos (Barnes, 89). Yellow cards -- Carolina: Baxter 72. Referee -- Rachel Woo. A -- 5,022. STANDINGS 1. Philadelphia 7-1-3, 24 points; 2. Carolina 7-2-3, 24; 3. Atlanta 6-4-1, 19; 4. San Jose 5-4-2, 17; 5. Washington 4-5-3, 15; 6. Boston 3-5-4, 13; 7. San Diego 2-6-3, 9; 8. New York 2-9-1, 7. THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
Saturday, June 29
San Jose at Boston, 4 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
San Diego at Carolina, 7 p.m. All times EDT.

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