NORDIC CUP: Lohman leads U.S. to fifth straight title

Penn State All-American Joanna Lohman scored two goals as the U.S. women's under-21 team captured the Nordic Cup title for the fifth successive summer, edging Sweden, 2-1, in Sunday's final at Randers, Denmark.

Lohman knocked in a rebound to give the Americans a 14th-minute lead, then leaped above the Swedish defense to head home Catherine Reddick's free kick in the 55th. The goals were Lohman's second and third of the tournament.

Sweden's Sara Johansson answered Lohman's first goal within two minutes.

The Nordic Cup is the annual unofficial world championship for women's U-21 teams. The United States has won the title six times in eight appearances, beating Norway in the 1997 and 1999 finals, Germany in the 2000 and 2002 finals, and the Swedes in the 2001 and 2003 finals. The Americans finished third in 1996 and second in 1998, falling to Norway in the title game.

NORDIC CUP
at Randers, Denmark

Championship: USA 2 Sweden 1.
Third: Denmark 3 Germany 2.
Fifth: Norway 2 Greece 1.
Seventh: Iceland 2 Finland 2 (Finland wins on penalties, 8-7).

U.S. results
July 21

United States 1 (Tarpley 87) Denmark 0

July 23
United States 3 (Tarpley 32, Huie 48, Lohman 59) Iceland 0.

July 25
United States 1 (McDonald 64) Norway 1 (Pedersen 52).

July 27
United States 2 (Lohman 14, 55) Sweden 1 (Johansson 16).

Nordic Cup Champions
1990 -- Sweden
1991 -- Sweden
1992 -- Denmark
1993 -- Sweden
1994 -- Sweden
1995 -- Germany
1996 -- Norway
1997 -- USA
1998 -- Norway
1999 -- USA
2000 -- USA
2001 -- USA
2002 -- USA
2003 -- USA

Previous U.S. finals
1997

United States 1 (Streiffer 106) Norway 0 (OT).

1998
United States 1 (Parlow 70) Norway 2 (Ormen 14, Mellgren 53).

1999
United States 2 (Streiffer 85, Orlandos 96) Norway 1 (Bjorkestrand 75) (OT).

2000
United States 1 (Kluegel 63) Germany 0.

2001
United States 6 (Morrell 6, 44, 68, Cramer 9, 16, Chalupny 89) Sweden 1 (Olsson 15).

2002
United States 3 (Wallis 20, 47, Reddick 63) Germany 1 (Mueller 51).

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