Women's Gold Cup
United States humiliates Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 with Parlow netting three.
Brazil blasted Costa Rica 8-0 in the other Group A match tonight with Roseli and Formiga each tallying twice. The U.S. faces Costa Rica Sunday at 4 p.m. (ET) in a match to be shown on ESPN2.
The U.S. got on the board first in the fourth minute on a Parlow tally and continued to pound its helpless and hapless opponent until the 90th minute when Whalen found net. The Americans maintained a 33-2 advantage in shots.
Parlow became just the second player to score four hat tricks in a calendar year, a feat first accomplished by Michelle Akers in 1991.
"We have two phrases on this team," said U.S. coach April Heinrichs. "Is good enough to get it done good enough? The answer is no, we always want more. And the other is, what do you do when no one is watching? Our team has achieved what it has in the past decade because of the work players have done while they were away from the team when no's one watching. Even though there were 10,000 people out there today, we didn't have to be on the cutting edge of our game to win today. But there were many, many players out there playing and making decisions as if we needed to be."
Defender Christie Pearce created the first goal, rounding the defense on the right wing before finding the cutting Parlow in slot in the fourth minute for a 1-0 lead.
Fair netted her pair within a minute span to up the ante to 3-0. In the 22nd minute, Fair scored her first header goal, running onto a lobbed pass from Tiffeny Milbrett and beating T & T goalkeeper Nicole Mitchell to the ball to nod it into the open net. Then, Pearce whipped a pinpoint cross from the right flank to the far post where Fair met the ball with a bullet header into the left corner.
Fair came into 2000 with just one career goal, but has found net six times this year, including two multiple goal games.
Hamm was ever-present in the T & T penalty area and created Milbrett's goal when she challenged the goalkeeper on a bouncing ball and got run over in the collision. With both Hamm and Mitchell on the ground, Milbrett volleyed the loose ball into the net for her 74th career goal and a 4-0 lead in the 34th minute.
The remaining seven tallies came after intermission, including Hamm making it 5-0 in the 48th minute after Parlow's lunge kept a bouncing ball alive in the box for Hamm to drive into the roof of the net from close range.
In the 52nd minute Parlow scored on a spectacular header from Milbrett's corner kick for a 6-0 advantage. Ten minutes after that, it was 7-0 after MacMillan, who had earlier misses a penalty kick, broke free into the right side of the box to take a Hamm pass and net her 30th career goal from six yards.
The eighth goal was the prettiest as Kate Sobrero launched a perfect weak-side pass over the defense to MacMillan on the right flank. She drove hard towards the net before cutting a pass back to Parlow, who back-heeled to Hamm, who with her back to the goal, back-heeled the ball into the net.
"The game was good for us because we knocked the ball around and went forward really well," Hamm said. "The substitutes came off the bench and really contributed, so it was a great overall team performance."
Parlow finished her hat trick in the 73rd minute when she headed Brandi Chastain's cross home for her 40th career goal. Hamm now has 120 goals.
Sara Whalen, who came on in the 57th minute, finished the scoring with tallies in the 80th and 90th minutes.
Goalkeeper Siri Mullinix had to only stop Natalie Des Vignes’ weak effort for the shutout, her eighth.
"We are never focused on the just the product, we're focused on the process," Heinrichs said. "Whether we score two goals or eight goals, we just want to win and playing well doing it, and for us, that process is so much more important than the final score."
United States 11, Trinidad & Tobago 0Lineups: United States - Siri Mullinix, Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Kate Sobrero, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Lorrie Fair (Nikki Serlenga 46), Julie Foudy - captain (Shannon MacMillan 46), Cindy Parlow, Tiffeny Milbrett (Sara Whalen 57), Mia Hamm. Trinidad & Tobago - Nicole Mitchell, Janelle Noel (Leslie Ann James 72), Myra Grant, Leslie Ann James, Natasha Thomas, Natalie Des Vignes, Ricarda Nelson, Kathy Ann Nixon, Izler Browne (captain), Tricia Cooper (Delia Silva 44), Janelle James (Margaret Andem 57).
Shots: United States 33, Trinidad & Tobago 2 Saves: United States 1, Trinidad & Tobago 9. Corner kicks: United States 10, Trinidad & Tobago 0 Fouls: United States 4, Trinidad & Tobago 7. Offside: United States 10, Trinidad & Tobago 1
Referee: Virginia Tovar (Mexico). Referee’s assistants: Isabel Tovar (Mexico), Maria Rodriguez (Mexico) Attendance: 10,483 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. Weather: Clear, warm, 80 degrees.