Hamm scores twice in U.S. women rout Iceland 6-0.
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 8, 1998) -- Forward Mia Hamm scored two spectacular goals and Tiffeny Milbrett added a goal and an assist, powering the United States women over Iceland, 6-0, before a capacity crowd of 5,123 at Kuntz Stadium tonight.
The two nations meet again Sunday at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., at noon in a match televised live by ESPN2.
Even with the large winning margin, the Americans were less than thrilled with their performance, despite dominating throughout and outshooting Iceland 35-1. Only a strong effort by Iceland goalkeeper Sigridur Palsdottir kepth the final score from being worse.
"There were some impressive displays of attacking soccer tonight," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. "But there were also some periods of lethargic play. Still, Mia and Tiffeny looked dynamic once again and Cindy Parlow and Debbie Keller came off the bench and played well at forward in the second half."
After racking up 15 goals in two wins over Argentina in late April, the U.S. team picked up where it left off, scoring against Iceland in just the third minute.Milbrett intercepted a poor Iceland clearance and placed her first-time shot into the upper left corner, grazing the crossbar from 18 yards out.
The Americans increased their advantage to 2-0 in the 32nd minute when Hamm netted a left-side corner kick, her bending kick bouncing in off the far post.
"It was a somewhat lackluster performance," said U.S. midfielder Michelle Aker. "But it was a convincing win and definitely leaves room for improvement for Sunday's match and on to the 1999 Women's World Cup."
Hamm and Milbrett continue to click in an attacking rhythm that produced a combined seven goals and eight assists in the two games against Argentina. In the 41st minute, Milbrett collected a ball in the left side of the penalty box and froze her defender with several quick fakes, before lofting a short chip into the middle. Hamm met the cross on a diving header, smacking the ball off the left post and into the goal past the sprawling Palsdottir.
Sara Whalen, who entered the match at halftime, scored her first international goal just two minutes into the second half. She bounced her left-footed shot into the left corner from six yards out after Hamm had sliced through the penalty box and pushed a pass through traffic to Whalen at the far post.
Substitute Tisha Venturini also got a goal, cracking 25-yard rocket that slammed off the cross bar and down onto the goal line before being knock out by the goalkeeper. After several seconds of hesitation, and a glance at his linesman, referee Richard Grady signaled that the ball had crossed the goal line.
Debbie Keller added the last score, running onto a quickly taken free-kick from Kristine Lilly in the left side of the penalty box and rolling her shot into the right corner from six eight yards out.
The U.S. suffered just one breakdown in the match when Asthildur Helgadottir put Gundlaug Jonsdotir behind the U.S. defense, but Briana Scurry made her one save count, pushing the shot wide for a corner kick.
Lilly made her 149th career appearance, moving her into third place on the world's all-time appearance list.With her next match, she will tie Italian legend Carolina Morace for second place all-time and then set her sights on the world record of 151 appearances held by retired Heidi Stoere of Norway. Provided she plays against Iceland on Sunday, Lilly will tie the world record against Japan in Tokyo on May 17 and then break it against Japan in Kobe on May 21.
United States 6, Iceland 0Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck (Amanda Cromwell 52), Brandi Chastain (Cindy Parlow 46), Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy (Tisha Venturini 46), Michelle Akers, Shannon MacMillan (Sara Whalen 46), Tiffeny Milbrett, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm (Debbie Keller 61). Iceland - Sigridur Palsdottir, Audur Skuladottir, Rosa Steinthorsdottir, Margret Akadottir (Laufey Olafsdottir 71), Helga Hannesdottir, Asthildur Helgadottir, Hjordis Simonardottir (Erla Hendriksdottir, 63), Edda Gardarsdottir (Asgerdur Ingibergsdottir 58), Katrin Jonsdottir, Olga Faerseth, Gundlaug Jonsdottir.
Scoring: United States - Milbrett (unassisted) 3; United States - Hamm (unassisted) 32; United States - Hamm (Milbrett) 41; United States - Whalen (Hamm) 47; United States - Venturini (unassisted) 58; United States - Keller (Lilly) 64. Shots: United States 35, Iceland 1. Saves: United States 1, Iceland 8. Corner kicks: United States 11, Iceland 1. Fouls: United States 4, Iceland 10. Offside: United States 2, Iceland 2. Yellow card cautions: Iceland - Akadottir 51.
Referee: Richard Grady (United States). Assistant referees: Abdelali Elmessoussi (United States), Adam Gersting (United States). Attendance: 5,123 at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis. Weather: Rain, mist, 60 degrees.