For the third time this year, the U.S. women's national team edged Australia by one goal, winning, 2-1, in their opening match of the Peace Queen Cup in Suwon, South Korea.
scored in the first half to give her a team-leading 11th of 2008, and forward Abby Wambach
winner 13 minutes from the end of the game for her 96th career goal.
Wambach's goal came with on a shot off the back of her head off a ball into the penalty area by Aly Wagner
, who saw her first action of 2008 after a long recovery from a double-hernia operation.
The match contrasted the two meetings between the
teams earlier this spring when the USA won by 3-2 and 5-4 scores. The U.S.back four of right back Heather Mitts
, center backs Christie Rampone
and Kate Markgraf
and left back Lori Chalupny
limited the Matildas to just two shots
The equalizer came in the 57th on a goal by midfielder Heather Garriock.
In the other Group B game, Brazil defeated Italy, 2-1. GAME SUMMARY: June 15 in Suwon USA 2 Australia 1.
Goals: Kai 35,
Wambach 77; Garriock 57. USA --
Solo, Chalupny, Rampone, Markgraf, Mitts, O'Reilly (Heath, 72), Boxx, Lloyd (Hucles, 36), Tarpley (Wagner, 46), Kai
(Cheney, 62), Wambach. Australia --
Barbieri, Alagich, Salisbury (McShea, 72), Colthorpe, Polkinghorne, Perry, Garriock, McCallum (Neilson, 85), Burgess
(Chapman, 50), De Vanna, Munoz (Gill, 74). Referee:
Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany). Att.: