Parlow's four goals lead 6-0 rout of England.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Saturday, May 17, 2003) -- Striker Mia Hamm broke a scoreless tie in the 30th minute while midfielder Cindy Parlow soon added four consecutive tallies in a 13-minute span for the United States women who rolled over England 6-0 in a friendly before 12,202 at Legion Field this afternoon.
It was the second straight outing in which an American woman scored four times in a match. Shannon MacMillan accomplished the feat in defeating Canada 6-1 April 26 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. It was the eighth time in U.S. women's history a player scored at least four goals in a game -- five is the record accomplished by Brandi Chastain, now a defender, striker Mia Hamm and retired forward Michelle Akers. The Americans are 18-0-2 in their last 20 home games.
"We don't care who scores, how the ball gets in the back of the net, as long as we're on top at the end of the game,'' Parlow said.
The U.S., now 7-1-3 in 2003, took a 3-0 advantage into halftime with all three goals coming from inside the six-yard box.
"To have Cindy in our midfield gives us something that no other personality gives us," said Heinrichs of the 5-foot-11 Parlow who normally plays up top. "She is difficult to beat defensively, covers a lot of ground, has bite in her tackles, has a great heading presence and has great feet."
England's defense did prove tough to penetrate for the first third of the match, but MacMillan and Parlow played a nifty one-two combination along the right sideline, springing MacMillan into the penalty area in the 30th minute. The striker cut hard into the middle and carried to the edge of the six-yard box, drawing England goalkeeper Pauline Cope to the near post, before cutting a short pass back to Hamm who hammered her shot into the middle of the net from five yards out to make it 1-0. It was Hamm's world record 139th career goal in 235 games.
In the 42nd minute, Chastain lifted a pass to Hamm down the left flank. In a sequence similar to what led to the first goal, Hamm dribbled at the near post, then cut the ball back to Parlow who finished with a sliding shot from close range for a 2-0 advantage.
Three minutes later, the U.S. expanded its margin to 3-0 after a left-side corner kick found midfielder Kristine Lilly at the back post. She played the ball into the middle where midfielder Julie Foudy got off a good shot which Cope batted away. The ball popped up to Parlow who snapped a header into the net from point-blank range.
Parlow's third goal -- completing the sixth hat trick of her international career -- came in the 50th minute after collecting a long ball from striker Tiffeny Milbrett outside the left side of the penalty area. Parlow controlled, carried into the middle, spun and shot just inside the right post from 17 yards to make it 4-0.
Only Hamm (10) and Akers (7) have more hat tricks.
Five minutes later, Parlow slammed home a rebound of Lilly's cross from 10 yards out for a 5-0 bulge.
"That was so much fun out there today," said Parlow who has 61 international goals. "Just scoring one goal is fun, but luckily today I was able to get four. On the first goal, Mia put it on a platter for me. On the second one, Julie just kept it alive for me and on the third one, I took on a defender and saw an opening at the far post. On the fourth goal, it was Kristine keeping the ball alive and I was just able to finish."
Milbrett added her 97th career goal in the 68th minute, running down the right flank for a long ball from midfielder Tiffany Roberts. Milbrett cut hard into the middle, leaving English defender Rachel Unitt behind, and stroked her left-footed shot into the top left corner from 16 yards. Milbrett is three goals shy of becoming the fifth player in the world to score 100 international goals.
The U.S. came up empty on a chance for a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when Cope pushed away defender Joy Fawcett's penalty kick which did not travel far enough toward the left post. Hamm was dragged down by defender Casey Stoney in the box for the penalty call.
England did not qualify for this autumn's Women's World Cup, losing 1-0 twice to France in a home-and-away series to decide a berth in the fourth quadrennial event which now has 16 nations. "England didn't qualify for the Women's World Cup, but that didn't mean we took them lightly," Heinrichs said. "The greatest compliment we can pay to England is to come out like we played today."
Heinrichs used all seven of her substitutes in the second half.
The U.S. next plays Ireland at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on June 14, a 9 p.m. match to be televised on ESPN2.
United States 6, England 0
Lineups: United States - LaKeysia Beene (Siri Mullinix 46), Cat Reddick, Joy Fawcett (Kate Sobrero 46), Brandi Chastain (Heather Mitts 46), Christie Pearce, Julie Foudy - captain (Tiffany Roberts 46), Kristine Lilly, Aly Wagner (Angela Hucles 46), Cindy Parlow (Abby Wambach 58), Shannon MacMillan (Tiffeny Milbrett 46), 9-Mia Hamm. England - Pauline Cope, Leanne Champ (Kirsty Pealling 59), Mary Phillip, Casey Stoney, Rachel Unitt, Rachel McArthur (Kelly McDougall 73), Samantha Britton, Kristy Moore (Jody Handley 46), Vicky Exley, Karen Walker (Amanda Barr 59), Rachel Yankey.
Shots: United States 19, England 5. Saves: United States 1, England 4. Corner kicks: United States 4, England 2. Fouls: United States 8, England 13. Offside: United States 4, England 3. Yellow card cautions: England - Britton 19, Champ 54.
Referee:Kari Seitz (United States). Assistant referees: Nathan Clement (United States), Craig Lowry (United States). Attendance: 12,102 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Weather: Hot, humid, 82 degrees.