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Lilly nets three goals in private 7-0 rout of overmatched Portugal.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Wednesday, January 27, 1999) -- Forward Kristine Lilly registered her first three-goal game during the United States women’s 7-0 rout of Portugal in a closed-door match at the Seminole County Training Center.

U.S. midfielder Michelle Akers scored the 99th goal of her international career in the 41st minute, setting up a possible historic 100th score Saturday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale when the two nations play again in a match that will be televised on ESPN at 2 p.m (ET).

Three other players have passed the 100-goal plateau with U.S. striker Mia Hamm sitting third after scoring No. 102 today in the 105th minute. Italian legends Elisabetta Vignotto (108) and Carolina Morace (105) are both retired.

It the ridiculously one-sided affair, the Americans outshot their opponent 36-0. Portugese goalkeeper Carla Cristina made 16 saves, several of which were spectacular.

The U.S. needed 32 minutes to get in the scorebook but midfielder Brandi Chastain and Lilly struck in a one-minute span for a 2-0 lead. Defender Joy Fawcett was fouled at the top of the penalty area. Lilly placed the ball down quickly and Chastain ran onto the ball, cracking her left-footed free-kick into the left corner from 20 yards, catching Cristana unprepared.

Lilly added the second goal, taking a pass from frontrunner Tiffeny Milbrett at the top of the penalty box and hitting a swerving left-footed shot into the upper left corner.

"I think the team was so excited to play a match, that we lost focus a bit in the beginning of the game, but once we clicked, there were some outstanding performances," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said. "Kristine Lilly and Brandi Chastain had great games and almost every one else played very well. There were no defensive breakdowns and we really moved the ball around at pace for the whole game."

In the 41st minute, a wide-open Akers found net on a thunderous volley from inside the area off a Hamm cross for a 3-0 advantage.

Hamm added the fourth goal in the 45th minute when she received a 40-yard pass from Carla Overbeck on the left wing, then carried across the top of the penalty box before slotting her shot into the left corner. Lilly added her second goal in stoppage time of the first half, redirecting a bouncing shot into the net from close range.

Lilly completed her hat trick in the 58th minute off a pass from Fawcett for her 64th international goal in her world-record 164th match.

"At the start of the game, we weren't as aggressive as we needed to be," Lilly said. "We need to attack teams right from the beginning, but we've got a lot of games before the World Cup, and we will get better."

Reserve Shannon MacMilllan added the final goal in the 81st minute.

United States 7, Portugal 0

Lineups: United States - Tracy Ducar (Saskia Webber 46), Carla Overbeck, Kate Sobrero, Lorrie Fair (Christie Pearce 46), Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers (Tisha Venturini, 46), Kristine Lilly, Tiffeny Milbrett (Danielle Fotopoulos 46), Mia Hamm (Shannon MacMillan 46). Portugal - Carla Cristina, Sandra Silva, Bé, Ana Rita (Celisa 56), Adilia, Maria Joao Xavier (Paula Oliveira 83), Paula Reis, Sonia Silva, Rosalina (Susana Martins 66), Patricia (Paula Cristina 68), Edite (Susy 76).

United States - Chastain (unassisted) 32;
United States - Lilly (Milbrett) 33;
United States - Akers (Hamm) 41;
United States - Hamm (Overbeck) 45;
United States - Lilly (Chastain) 45+;
United States - Lilly (Fawcett) 58;
United States - MacMillan (Fotopoulos) 81.

Shots: United States 36, Portugal 0. Saves: United States 0, Portugal 16. Corner kicks: United States 7, Portugal 0. Fouls: United States 17, Portugal 17. Offside: United States 3, Portugal 3. Yellow card caution: United States - Chastain 10; Portugal - Rita 14, Martins 89.

Referee: Sandra Hunt (United States). Assistant referees: Sharon Wheeler (United States), Dax Unterreiner (United States). Attendance: closed door session. Weather: Hot, humid, 81 degrees.

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