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Akers nets 100th as Americans cruise to 6-0 rout of Portugal.

Akers 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 0

Lineups: 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.

United States - Kristine Lilly (unassisted), 24;
United States - Michelle Akers (Tiffeny Milbrett), 40;
United States - Danielle Fotopoulos (Tisha Venturini), 52;
United States - Kristine Lilly (Shannon MacMillan), 71;
United States - Mia Hamm (Tisha Venturini), 73;
United States - Shannon MacMillan (unassisted), 79.

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.

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