Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
USA claims first in Women's World Cup group
by Paul Kennedy, September 19th, 2007 7:01AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

Lori Chapulny's goal 53 seconds into the game held up, and USA beat Nigeria, 1-0, on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup against England.

The USA clinched first place in Group A when Sweden defeated North Korea, 2-1, in the other group finale. The Americans face England in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Tianjin's Olympic Center Stadium (TV: ESPN, live, 7:55 a.m. ET).

North Korea, which went into Tuesday's play tied with the USA for first place, claimed second place ahead of Sweden on goal difference and will meet Germany on Saturday in Wuhan (TV, ESPN2, live, 4:55 a.m. ET).

"I am also very proud of my players because this is a very difficult group," said U.S. coach Greg Ryan. "Tonight's games allow us to go first in our group, which was an important goal for our team. To go through without a loss in this group, I'm very, very happy that we've reached this stage."

The win extended the USA's unbeaten streak to 50 games -- 49 since Ryan took charge of the national team in 2005 -- and kept its unbeaten record in Women's World Cup group play intact at 15 games (13 wins and two ties, against China in 1995 and North Korea in 2007).

Center forward Abby Wambach, who scored the first goal in the USA's 2-2 tie with North Korea and scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Sweden, was again at the heart of the U.S. attack.

The goal came on a set piece when Wambach flicked Cat Whitehill's throw-in toward the six-yard box on to Chalupny, who took it down with her chest and toe-poked a shot that took a deflection off a Nigerian defender's leg and into the lower left corner for her fifth career international goal. It was also the second fastest goal at the beginning of a match in Women's World Cup history.

For the second time in three games, the encounter was marred by wet weather. Sheets of rain fell during the entire game, making the field was soft and slippery.

Nigeria's best chance of the game came in the 75th minute when Perpetua Nkwocha got a step on Whitehill into the right side of the penalty box, but slid her shot wide left of the goal as U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo came out to challenge.

Ten minutes later, the Falcons again came close, but Solo made a point-blank save on Rita Chikwelu's shot.

The result was a far cry from the 7-1 and 5-0 victories over Nigeria at the last two Women's World Cups.

"One of the great things about football is that it's played in all sorts of weather," said Ryan. "You have to adjust and adapt to the conditions. I think that we could have played better possession tonight. I feel like we gave the ball away too easily. We played passes too strong in the wet conditions and too far in front of players in the first half. I thought that in the second half maybe we settled down and played a little bit better. But the field conditions were difficult for both teams, and again I am very impressed with the skillful play of the Nigerians, their ability to settle the ball and play attractive soccer."

In the other Group B match, Lotta Schelin's two goals gave Sweden its victory over North Korea. The results meant that the USA avoided a quarterfinal showdown with Germany.

The Yanks have won six of nine games against England (with two losses in 1985 -- their first year of play -- and 1988 and a 1-1 tie in 2007).

GAME SUMMARY:
Sept. 18 in Shanghai
USA 1 Nigeria 0.
Goal: Chalupny 1.
USA -- Solo, Rampone (Ellertson, 77), Markgraf, Whitehill, Lopez, Boxx, Chalupny, Lloyd (Osborne, 64), O'Reilly, Wambach, Lilly.
Nigeria -- Dede, George, Ikidi, Jerome, Cole, Ekpo, Mbachu, Chikwelu, Igbo (Chiejine, 22), Nkwocha, Uwak (Chukwudi, 83).
Yellow card: USA -- Cole 14.
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan).
Att.: 6,500.

STATISTICS:
Shots: USA 16, Nigeria 10
Shots on goal: USA 6, Nigeria 2
Saves: USA 2, Nigeria 5
Corner kicks: USA 4, Nigeria 1
Fouls: USA 10, Nigeria 19
Offside: USA 0, Nigeria 3

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders ...
NWSL Roundup: Reign has plenty to counter China    
Seattle Reign FC has another bye week in the NWSL, but it will use it to ...
Making a List: Top 15 U.S. EPL TV markets    
NBCUniversal, which concludes its second year of English Premier League coverage with "Championship Sunday" at 9 ...
ICYMI | MLS: Wondo takes century chase to big stage    
A fast start to the 2015 season has Chris Wondolowski one goal away from reaching the ...
MLS this weekend ...    
A 42-day stint on the road will take FC Dallas to both coasts and several points ...
Open Cup: Cosmos-NYCFC? Jersey gets a say first    
U.S. Soccer conducted the draw for the the fourth round, where the 17 MLS entrants will ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: England's Lianne Sanderson    
With the international retirement of Kelly Smith, her Arsenal Ladies teammate, Lianne Sanderson could be the ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala    
Asisat Oshoala is being tipped as the greatest young female player to ever come out of ...
Open Cup: Five amateur teams pull upsets    
Five amateur teams -- the PDL's Jersey Express and Ventura County Fusion, USASA's PSA Elite and ...
ICYMI | MLS: Time to end Jermaine Jones experiment?    
The New England Revolution's nine-game unbeaten streak ended when it imploded at Sporting Kansas City, losing, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives