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Foudy scores three times, Americans close 1998 by beating Ukraine 5-0.

FRESNO, Calif. (Sunday, December, 20, 1998) -- Midfielder Julie Foudy scored her first career hat trick and five different players registered assists in the United States’ dominant 5-0 victory over Ukraine in chilling temperatures at Fresno State University’s Bulldog Stadium.

The match was the last of 1998 for the U.S. women before they head into residency training camp in Orlando, Fla., on January 4. There, the Americans will prepare for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer. The Americans finished 22-1-2 for the year.

Today’s match game began with the thermometer at 36 degrees as snow dusted Fresno for the first time in 37 years.

The U.S. opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Foudy sliced a pass through three defenders to Shannon MacMillan on the left wing. MacMillan one-touched a pass to Tiffeny Milbrett, who collected the ball in the middle of the penalty area and then slid to knock it into the left corner for her 47th international goal.

Kristine Lilly came inches away from scoring a spectacular goal in the 27th minute, running onto a poorly headed clearance and hit a blistering falling side-volley from 19 yards out that was pushed just clear of the goal with a fingertip save by Veronika Shulga, Ukraine's 17-year old goalkeeper.

Foudy got her first goal in the 28th minute when she took a pass from defender Kate Sobrero, spun towards the net, side-stepped a defender with a nifty move and smacked a driven, fading shot off the right goal post from 23 yards out.

"Scoring three goals is unheard of for me," said Foudy, who now has 27 in international play. "I got a great pass on the first goal and just cracked it. There was a lot of space in the midfield and I turned and hit it well. Usually those shots hit the post and bounce out for me, but this one went in. I was more shocked than anyone else."

Foudy added her second goal in the 50th minute when she ran onto Lilly's cross from the right wing that sailed all the way over Shulga to the far post. Foudy jumped to tap home her shot from one yard.

The 27-year old Stanford product saved the best for last, completing the trick two minutes later when she took a pass from Tisha Venturini, again pivoted toward goal, and cracked a shot into the upper right corner from 19 yards out.

Debbie Keller added the final goal in the 72nd minute after 18-year old Susan Bush, playing in just her second game for the national team, set her up in front of the goal for a seven-yard shot into the left corner.

"We played a solid match overall and dominated at both ends of the field," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco, whose team out-shot Ukraine 21-2. "But we have much work to do in residency camp to prepare to meet our highest goals, and that's winning the 1999 World Cup. It was good to get a game to keep our veterans sharp and I was pleased with your younger players in training this week, especially Susan Bush, who got her first national team point today."

The U.S. next match is January 30 against Portugal at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a 2 p.m. (ET) match that will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Americans will play the FIFA World Stars February 14, 1999, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose with the World Cup draw held at halftime.

United States 5, Ukraine 0

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck, Kate Sobrero, Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain (Justi Baumgardt 53), Julie Foudy (Sara Whalen 59), Kristine Lilly (Debbie Keller 53), Tiffeny Milbrett (Tisha Venturini 46), Shannon MacMillan, Mia Hamm (Susan Bush 65). Ukraine - Veronika Shulga, Olena Mazurenko, Victoria Izhko, Oxana Rezvin, Oxana Andryuschenko, Svitlana Stasiouk (Tetyana Chornaya 63), Nadia Mischenko, Galina Ivanova (Tatiana Oznobikhina 78), Lioudmilla Pekur, Natalia Zinchenko.

Scoring: United States - Milbrett (MacMillan) 20; United States - Foudy (Sobrero) 28; United States - Julie Foudy (Lilly) 50; United States - Foudy (Venturini) 52; United States - Keller (Bush) 72.

Shots: United States 21, Ukraine 2. Saves: United States 2, Ukraine 5. Corner kicks: United States 15, Ukraine 0. Fouls: United States 1, Ukraine 6. Offside: United States 0, Ukraine 1.

Referee: Kari Seitz (United States). Assistant referees: Thomas Branch (United States), Dave Higgason (United States). Attendance: 5,392 at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Weather: Blustery, 38 degrees.

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