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Women’s U.S. Cup ’98

Hamm figures in six goals as U.S. women pound Mexico 9-0.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, September 12, 1998) -- Striker Mia Hamm scored two goals and contributed four assists, while Kristine Lilly added two goals as the United States women embarrassed Mexico 9-0 in the opener of the U.S. Women's Cup '98 in front of 35,462 fans tonight at Foxboro Stadium.

A tape of the game will be shown Sunday at 3 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.

The largest non-Olympic crowd ever to watch the American women play on home soil were also attracted by the Major League Soccer nightcap in which the New England Revolution blanked the Columbus Crew 2-0.

Hamm scored the 98th and 99th goals of her international career as she approached the Italian pair of Elisabetta Vignotta (108 career goals), and Carolina Morace (105) as the only players, women or men, to score 100 international goals. Both women are now retired.

"It was an outstanding crowd tonight and it would have been wonderful to see Mia score her 100th," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco, whose side had a 34-3 shot advantage. "But there will be plenty of chances for that in this tournament and we have two tough games left against Russia and Brazil."

Hamm gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, sparking a barrage of five goals in the next 24 minutes, two by Hamm and two by Lilly. She knocked in a four-yard rebound after defender Gabriela Arias weakly cleared Tiffeny Millbrett’s cross.

One minute later, Milbrett slipped through two defenders and again crossed into the middle, where Kristine Lilly tapped the ball in from three yards out.

Milbrett got a goal of her own in the 32nd minute, taking a pass from Michelle Akers before cracking a 28-yard dipping shot into lower right corner of the net.

Milbrett then had a foot in the fourth goal in the 40th minute as Kristine Lilly sprang Hamm in the penalty box with a square pass.Hamm's initial shot was blocked, but Milbrett kept the ball alive, sliding to knock it off the right post and Hamm cleaned it up, finishing crisply from five yards out.

Two minutes later, Lilly got her second goal -- the 61st of her career -- weaving through two defenders in the penalty box before slamming a right-footed shot into the net from 10 yards out.

Hamm then assisted on the final four goals, setting up Shannon MacMillan, Joy Fawcett, Tisha Venturini and Debbie Keller.

MacMillan added the sixth goal, breaking a year-long scoreless streak when she knocked in a Hamm cross in the 52nd minute. Fawcett, a defender who hadn't scored since June 10, 1995, against Australia at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, headed in Hamm's corner kick in the 60th minute for her 16th international goal.

"A whole bunch of people scored tonight and that's a positive for the team," said Hamm. "But Mexico has some young players with good skill and more experience will help them."

United States 9, Mexico 0

Lineups: United States- Tracy Ducar, Christie Pearce, Carla Overbeck (Shannon MacMillan 46), Kate Sobrero, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain (Jill Rutten 70), Michelle Akers (Tisha Venturini, 46), Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly (Sarah Whalen 46), Tiffeny Milbrett (Debbie Keller 46), Mia Hamm. Mexico - Linnea Quinonez (Ivette Valdez 46), Denise Ireta, Patricia Perez, Evelyn Lopez, Dana Vasquez (Carmen Olguin 64), Monica Vergara, Laurie Hill, Gabriela Arias (Aida Zarete 46), Fatima Leyva, Iris Mora, Maribel Dominguez.

Scoring: United States - Hamm (unassisted) 18; United States - Lilly (Tiffeny Milbrett) 19; United States - Milbrett (Akers) 32; United States - Hamm (Milbrett) 40; United States - Lilly (Foudy) 42; United States - MacMillan (Hamm) 52; United States - Fawcett (Hamm) 60; United States - Venturini (Hamm) 65; United States - Keller (Hamm) 76. Shots: United States 34, Mexico 3. Saves: United States 2, Mexico 7. Corner kicks: United States 4, Mexico 1. Fouls: United States 3, Mexico 7. Offside: United States 1, Mexico 1.

Referee: Nancy Lay (United States). Assistant referees: Mark Oliver (United States), Peter Kokolski (United States). Attendance: 35,462 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Breezy, warm, 80 degrees.

Remaining schedule (all times Eastern)

September 15
At Elmore Field, Oneonta, N.Y
Brazil vs. Russia (ESPN)

September 18
at Frontier Field, Rochester

Mexico vs. Brazil, 5:30 p.m.
United States vs. Russia, 8 p.m. (LIVE on ESPN)

September 20
at University of Richmond (Va.) Stadium

Mexico vs. Russia, 12:30 p.m.
United States vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

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