Akers nets 100th as Americans cruise to 6-0 rout of Portugal.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Saturday, January 30, 1999) -- Michelle Akers became the fourth woman to score 100 goals in international competition -- knocking in a corner kick late in the first half -- and Kristine Lilly added a pair of tallies as the U.S. throttled Portugal 6-0 at Lockhart Stadium today. Lilly had her first career three-goal game and Akers also found net when the Americans beat Portugal 7-0 Wednesday near Orlando, Fla.
The U.S. team broke open the match with four second-half goals as Portugal gradually was worn down by constant U.S. pressure before a crowd of 5,152 at Lockhart Stadium.
Mia Hamm also scored for the U.S., which out-shot Portugal 38-1. The U.S. dominance came in its second of 19 matches leading to the Women's World Cup June 19-July 10.
The Americans led 2-0 at halftime, before Danielle Fotopoulos made it 3-0 when she connected deep inside the box in the 52nd minute.
Lilly scored her second goal of the match when she chipped in a shot from 18 yards out in the 71st minute.
Two minutes later, Hamm broke deep into the Portuguese goal and, on a give-and-go with Tisha Venturini, flicked in a shot from three yards out for her 103rd career goal.
Akers scored her 100th goal off a corner kick by Tiffeny Milbrett in the 40th minute.
Portugal appeared intent on forsaking any attack, dropping its entire lineup back to protect the goal. After several near-misses in the first 20 minutes of the match, the U.S. finally broke through with Lilly's first goal.
Shannon MacMillan also scored for the U.S. team.
United States 6, Portugal 0Lineups: United States - 1-Briana Scurry, 4-Carla Overbeck (7-Sara Whalen, 46), 20-Kate Sobrero, 2-Lorrie Fair, 14-Joy Fawcett (3-Christie Pearce, 46), 6-Brandi Chastain (22-Danielle Fotopoulos, 46), 11-Julie Foudy (15-Tisha Venturini, 46), 10-Michelle Akers, 13-Kristine Lilly, 16-Tiffeny Milbrett (8-Shannon MacMillan, 46), 9-Mia Hamm. Portugal - 1-Carla Cristina, 2-Sandra Silva, 3-Bé, 14-Celisa, 5-Adilia, 6-Maria Joao Xavier (13-Susana Martins, 89), 10-Paula Reis, 11-Sonia Silva (15-Susy, 89), 8-Rosalina, 7-Patricia (16-Paula Cristina, 76), 9-Carla Couto.
Shots: United States 38, Portugal 1. Saves: United States 0, Portugal 11. Corner kicks: United States 17, Portugal 0. Fouls: United States 6, Portugal 11. Offside: United States 1, Portugal 0. Yellow card caution: United States - none; Portugal - Carla Couto 27, Sandra Silva 70.
Referee: Nancy Lay (United States). Assistant referees: Hector Toban (United States), Thomas Wilde (United States). Attendance: 5,152 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Weather: Hot, breezy, 78 degrees.