OLYMPICS: Cindy Parlow joins hat-trick club as U.S. women rout Haiti

Cindy Parlow netted a hat trick on Friday as the U.S. women's national team celebrated head coach April Heinrichs' 40th birthday with an 8-0 rout of Haiti at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Costa Rica.

The U.S. women, who opened the eight-nation tournament Wednesday with a 7-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago, secured its berth in next Wednesday's pivotal semifinals, an accomplishment that was mere formality.

Parlow also assisted goals by Aly Wagner and Shannon MacMillan, Lindsay Tarpley added a goal and an assist, and Abby Wambach also scored. The Americans also benefited from a Haitian own goal. MacMillan had two assists.

''We've secured ourselves a position in the semifinals, and that's the most important thing,'' Heinrichs said. ''We've been able to come together as a team and start a different lineup, but we expect everyone to perform as if you've played next to each other before and have a level of comfort together.

''There were some brilliant things going on out there and some great combination play down the flanks. We created some great chances and finished eight goals.''

Parlow's was the fifth three-goal game in the tournament, following Maribel Dominguez's hat trick in Wednesday's opener at Eladio Rosabal Cordero Stadium in Heredia, an 8-1 Mexico rout of Trinidad & Tobago.

U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx and Mexico's Paty Perez each scored three goals during Group B openers, and Canada's Christine Sinclair netted a trio in Thursday's Group A openers.

Mexico also clinched its semifinal berth; the winner of Friday's U.S.-Mexico finale -- or the Americans in an unlikely draw -- will meet the second-place team from Group A next Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the Athens Olympics.

The U.S. women are 10-0-0 all-time against Mexico, outscoring the Tricolores, 62-3.

U.S.-Costa Rica and Canada-Mexico semifinals are expected; a major upset would be required to keep the Americans or Canadians out of Greece.

None of the first six matches have been competitive. The closest games were decided by five goals, Mexico's 5-0 win over Haiti and Costa Rica's 6-1 win over Panama.

Heinrichs fielded a different lineup than in the game against T&T, with only four holdovers -- central defender Catherine Reddick, left back Kate Markgraf, central midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Mia Hamm -- from Wednesday's starting XI.

Siri Mullinix stepped into the nets but didn't face a shot. Parlow, defenders Heather Mitts and Amy LePeilbet, and midfielder Angela Hucles also started in their first action of the tournament. The only player on the 20-woman roster who has not played is forward Heather O'Reilly.

''I'm very pleased about being able to start some different players and rest another group,'' Heinrichs said. ''We've worked very hard, and I think we can be a little fresher for our game against Mexico. I'm a little concerned about our shots-to-shots-on-goal ratio, but on the whole, I'm very pleased about this game, and hopefully we are gaining momentum.''

The Americans owned huge advantages in shots (29-0), shots on goal (19-0), corner kicks (13-2) and offside (12-0), and they dominated both flanks, primarily through the work of Mitts on the right and Markgraf and Leslie Osborne on the left. MacMillan and Wambach were outstanding off the bench.

The U.S. women totaled 27 shots, 18 on frame, against Trinidad & Tobago.

Parlow's hat trick was the seventh of her international career, and the goals were her 66th, 67th and 68th. She scored in the 17th minute (2-0, from a Markgraf long ball), in the 73rd (6-0, after Haiti goalkeeper Gina Montinard couldn't handle Tarpley's cross) and in the 87th (8-0, from a MacMillan corner kick).

Wagner gave the U.S. women a 12th-minute lead, finishing from Parlow's toe-poke after a nifty run by Osborne. It was 3-0 at halftime when Haitian defender Judith Fenelon, trying to clear a ball Angela Hucles sent past Montinard and across the goalmouth, inadvertently put it into the roof of her net.

MacMillan scored less than two minutes after coming on for Hamm at halftime, hammering home a ball from Parlow. Tarpley got the fifth in the 63rd after fine defensive work by Hucles. Wambach scored in the 81st, a lunging header off a MacMillan free kick.

In the opener, Mexico got two more goals from Perez, who is the tournament's top goalscorer with five. Iris Mora, from UCLA, added her second goal of the event, and Evelyn Lopez and Alma Martinez also scored.

Tasha St. Louis netted Trinidad & Tobago's goal with a penalty kick late in the first half.

Mexico's starting XI included five Americans: goalkeeper Jennifer Molina, defenders Monica Gonzalez, Lisa Gomez and Marlene Sandoval, and midfielder Lisette Martinez.

U.S. Soccer reported attendance as 2,000. CONCACAF's summary reported the crowd at 350.

Qualifiers continue on Saturday at Nacional Stadium in San Jose, with Canada meeting Panama and Costa Rica facing Jamaica.

at San Jose and Heredia, Costa Rica

Friday, Feb. 27 at Eladio Rosabal Cordero Stadium (Heredia)

United States 8 Haiti 0. Goals: Wagner 12, Parlow 17, 73, 87, own goal Fenelon 41, MacMillan 47, Tarpley 63, Wambach 81.

United States -- Mullinix; Mitts, Reddick, LePeilbet, Markgraf (Wambach, 53); Hucles, Boxx (Tarpley, 46), Osborne; Wagner; Hamm (MacMillan 46), Parlow.

Haiti -- Montinard; Fenelon, Marseille, Hilaire, Felix, Nord (Salam, 27; Bien-Aime, 70), Ridore, P. Jean-Louis, Saint Louis, Saintilmond, Marcellus (Cajuste, 20).

Yellow cards: Haiti -- Saintilmond 28, Felix 38.

Referee: Shane De Silva (Trinidad & Tobago).

Att.: 2,000.

Other result

Mexico 8 (Lopez 20, Perez 25, 55, Mora 37, Dominguez 38, 59, 73, Martinez 80) Trinidad & Tobago 1 (St. Louis pen. 42)


Canada 1 0 0 6 0 3
Costa Rica 1 0 0 6 1 3
Panama 0 1 0 1 6 0
Jamaica 0 1 0 0 6 0


Feb. 26 at Heredia
Canada 6 (Latham 33, Hooper pen. 39, Sinclair 46, 61, 92+, Moscato 82) Jamaica 0
Costa Rica 6 (Campos 2, Trujillo 25, Chavez 26, 45, Rodriguez 54, Cruz 69) Panama 1 (Bedoya 27).


Feb. 28 (San Jose): Canada vs. Panama, Costa Rica vs. Jamaica.

March 1 (Heredia): Jamaica vs. Panama, Costa Rica vs. Canada.


United States 2 0 0 15 0 6
Mexico 2 0 0 13 1 6
Haiti 0 2 0 0 13 0
Trin. & Tobago 0 2 0 1 15 0


Feb. 25 at San Jose
United States 7 (Boxx 22, 37, 81, Lilly 25, Hamm 41, 44, Wambach 42) Trinidad & Tobago 0
Mexico 5 (Perez 7, 55, 63, Dominguez 80, Mora 84) Haiti 0

Feb. 27 at Heredia)
United States 8 (Wagner 12, Parlow 17, 73, 87, own goal Fenelon 41, MacMillan 47, Tarpley 63, Wambach 81) Haiti 0
Mexico 8 (Lopez 20, Perez 25, 55, Mora 37, Dominguez 38, 59, 73, Martinez 80) Trinidad & Tobago 1 (St. Louis pen. 42)


Feb. 29 (San Jose): Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago, United States vs. Mexico.

March 3 at San Jose

United States vs. Group A winner or runner-up
Mexico vs. Group A winner or runner-up

March 5 at Heredia

Semifinal winners

Note: Semifinal winners advance to Athens Olympics

Paty Perez, Mexico 5
Maribel Dominguez, Mexico 4
Shannon Boxx, USA 3
Cindy Parlow, USA 3
Christine Sinclair, Canada 3
Megan Chaves, Costa Rica 2
Mia Hamm, USA 2
Iris Mora, Mexico 2
Abby Wambach, USA 2

Record GF-GA

Canada 27-3-3 117-25
Costa Rica 3-0-0 20-0
Haiti 2-0-0 18-0
Jamaica 1-0-0 10-0
Mexico 10-0-0 62-3
Panama 1-0-0 9-0
Trin. & Tobago 7-0-0 54-2
Totals 40-3-3 275-30

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