Women’s U.S. Cup ’98
Hamm reaches milestone; U.S. drops Russia 4-0.ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Friday, September 18, 1998) -- Forward Mia Hamm treated a standing-room-only crowd of 13,125 to her career goals 100 and 101 in the United States women’s 4-0 victory over Russia in the U.S. Women’s Cup ’98 tonight at Frontier Field.
"It was a fantastic night, certainly one that I will remember forever," Hamm said. "The crowd was great and it was a lot of fun, but it was even better because I could share it with my teammates. I wouldn't have scored any goals without them and it's a credit to this team that we can have moments like this."
The Americans (2-0) need a victory or tie in Sunday’s match against Brazil to capture its own tournament. Brazil (1-0-1) walloped Mexico 11-0 in the opener.
On Sunday at University of Richmond (Va.) Stadium, Mexico (0-2) faces Russia (0-1-1) at 12:30 p.m. (ET) and the U.S. meets Brazil at 3 in match televised live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.
Tiffeny Milbrett celebrated her 100th appearance for the U.S. with two goals and two assists against Russia.
"It was Tiffeny and Mia's night," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said. "It was a tribute to how important Tiffeny is to this team and she is still improving as a player. Tiff and Mia form quite a one-two punch, and when you add Kristine Lilly to the front line, they form an attacking combination that every defense in the world has to respect."
Milbrett put the U.S. ahead 2-0 with goals in the 25th and 28th minutes.
Seven minutes later, she streaked down the left flank and sent a cross into the middle that Russian defender Marina Burkova misplayed. Hamm ran onto the bouncing ball and ripped a right-footed half-volley high into the left side-netting for goal number 100. The American bench emptied onto the field as the match was stopped for two minutes while Hamm was presented the game ball by U.S. captain Carla Overbeck.
Hamm became the third player ever to score 100 international goals behind retired Italians Elisabetta Vignotto (108) and Carolina Morace (105).
"I was delighted that Mia got her 100th goal," DiCicco said. "But I was just as proud of her on the first goal, when she could have shot but found an open player in better position to score. I respect that quality in Mia as much as I do her tremendous talent. Her team goals are always in front of her personal goals."
Hamm got the final U.S. goal on a spectacular diving header in the final minute of the first half. Milbrett once again fed Hamm, crossing from the edge of the penalty box on the right side. Hamm sliced through the middle and flew in the air to redirect the ball into the left corner.
She left the match to a standing ovation in the 58th minute.
Goalkeeper Briana Scurry made six saves in the match, including several flying stops in the second half, to extend the scoreless streak for the U.S. defense to 459 minutes.
United States 4, Russia 0Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Christie Pearce, Carla Overbeck, Kate Sobrero, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain (Sara Whalen 61), Michelle Akers (Tisha Venturini 46), Julie Foudy (Debbie Keller 68), Kristine Lilly, Tiffeny Milbrett (Shannon MacMillan 73), Mia Hamm (Robin Confer 58). Russia - Svetlana Petko, Alena Dmitrienko, Marina Burakova, Marina Dikareva, Galina Komarova, Tatiana Egorova, Inna Grigorieva, Alexandra Svetlitskaya, Natalia Barbashina (Olga Letuyshova 68), Nadezhda Bossikova, Valentina Barkova.
Scoring: United States - Milbrett (Hamm) 25; United States - Milbrett (Fawcett) 28; United States - Hamm (Milbrett) 35; United States - Hamm (Milbrett) 45. Shots: United States 30, Russia 10. Saves: United States 6, Russia 11. Corner kicks: United States 7, Russia 3. Fouls: United States 4, Russia 12. Offside: United States 0, Russia 4. Yellow card caution: Russia - Letuyshova 71.
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States). Assistant referees: Kevin Barci (United States), Kenneth Tanner (United States). Attendance: 13,125 at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Weather: Cool, clear, 74 degrees.
U.S. Women’s Cup ‘98
Sunday, September 20
Mexico vs. Russia, 12:30 p.m.