Parlow sends U.S. women to Nordic Cup final.BEILEN, the Netherlands (Friday, August 7, 1998) -- The United States under-20 women, facing a must-win situation, used a goal by Cindy Parlow in the 75th minute to defeat Sweden and advance to Sunday’s Nordic Cup championship match against Norway.
"Beating Sweden was a tremendous victory for us because from the beginning of the year, it was our goal to repeat as Nordic Cup champions," said Parlow, a veteran of last year's Nordic effort. "This team has really come together and a match against Norway for the championship is a game that all of us dream about playing. You play soccer to play in matches like this."
The U.S. beat Norway 1-0 in the final a year ago, using a sudden death tally from Jen Streiffer in the 106th minute. Sunday’s title game, which starts at 9 a.m. ET, will determine the unofficial world champion since world governing body FIFA does not sponsor its own tournament for this women’s age group.
The Americans finished opening group play 2-0-1, dropping Sweden (2-1) to second place. While the U.S. scored just three goals permitting one to win Group B, Norway finished atop Group A by winning all three matches and outscoring opponents 13-3.
The U.S. was clearly the dominant team against Sweden, posting an 18-5 shot advantage and controlling the flow for much of the match.
The winning goal began with 17-year old forward Susan Bush moved up the right flank and fed fellow striker Raven McDonald, who carried deep into the corner. She centered to Parlow, a veteran of 42 matches with the full U.S. women’s side who on the dead run, first-timed her shot into the left corner from six yards.
"It was an exciting match today and a solid performance by the U.S.," said U.S. coach Lauren Gregg. "The score does not reflect the personality and dominance displayed, both individually and as team . . . The wonderful part of this victory was that it was a total team effort. The players who came off the bench were vital to the outcome."
United States 1, Sweden 0Lineups: United States- Lakeysia Beene, Jen Grubb, Ronnie Fair, Lorrie Fair, Michelle French, Rebekah McDowell Kristy Whelchel (Laurie Schwoy 46), Tiffany Roberts (Robin Confer 61), Jenny Streiffer (Raven McDonald 66), Cindy Parlow, Mandy Clemens (Susan Bush 51). Sweden - Caroline Jonsson, Sara Thunebro (Sandra Lundstrom 66), Karin Bjorklin, Anna-Maria Erikson, Sandra Axelsson, Tina Nordlund (Therese Lundin 81), Ida Johansson, Jenny Engwall (Helen Svard 35), Sofia Marklund (Frida Ostberg 60), Therese Sjogran, Anna Sjostrom (Malin Gustafsson 51).
Scoring: United States - Parlow (McDonald) 75. Shots: United States 18, Sweden 5. Saves: United States 2, Sweden 9. Corner kicks: United States 7, Sweden 2. Fouls: United States 10, Sweden 15. Offside: United States 6, Sweden 1. Yellow card cautions: Sweden - Axelsson 60.
Referee: J.S. Boringa. Attendance: 75. Weather: Sunny, 77 degrees.
United States roster
Head coach: Lauren Gregg (Charlottesville, Va.)