[USA-NEW ZEALAND] University of Tennessee junior Hannah Wilkinson scored a goal for New Zealand in the 88th minute to give the Ferns a 1-1 tie with the USA on Wednesday at Columbus Crew Stadium that broke their 10-game losing streak that followed a New Zealand win in 1987.
Wilkinson fired a shot past a
diving Hope Solo, who had denied the Kiwi on two near-goals earlier in the match. The goal was Wilkinson's second in four days against the USA. On Sunday, she
had scored the lone goal for New Zealand in the USA's 4-1 win in San Francisco.
"This means quite a lot," Wilkinson said to reporters after the match. "It's awesome. Facing the U.S.
is always such a challenge. They're the best in the world. To draw a point against them is amazing. I couldn't be more proud of my team today."
The U.S. goal came on a header
from Sydney Leroux off a cross from Kristie Mewis in the 43rd minute. It was the only shot that eluded the Ferns'
40-year-old keeper, Jenny Bindon, a native of Belleville, Ill.
The draw kept the USA unbeaten at 12-0-3 in 2013. It has a chance to complete an
undefeated year with double-digit victories for just the second time in women's national team history.
Its final game of the year is against Brazil on Nov. 10 at the Florida Citrus Bowl
-- In other action, Christine Sinclair, Brittany Timko and Adriana Leon scored for Canada in a 3-0 win over South Korea.
Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio
USA 1 New Zealand 1.
Goals: Leroux 42, Wilkinson 87.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Sauerbrunn, Rampone (Buehler, 46), Mewis; Averbuch (Lloyd, 70), Rapinoe, Holiday; O'Reilly,
Wambach, Leroux (Press, 78).
New Zealand -- Nayler (Bindon, 46); Erceg, Percival, Riley, Stott; Yallop (White, 79), Hoyle, Longo (Hassett, 60); Gregorius
(Collins, 67), Hearn, Wilkinson (Lee, 90+2).
Referee: Sabina Charles-Kirton (St. Lucia).