March 7, 2001
Eight USA players earn caps as Italy
wins 1-0 with a goal in the waning minutes
Centro d'Italia Stadium - Rieti, Italy
March 7, 2001 - Kickoff 3:00 p.m. Local (9:00 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 750 Cool, cloudy - 65°F
Italy - Silvia
Tagliacarne (n/a) 87th minute.
3 Tavalazzi, Daniela
5 Tesse, Manuela
6 Frollani, Adele
2 Deiana, Damiana
7 Duo, Anna (17 Tagliacarne, Silvia 72nd),
8 Maglio, Piera
4 Pellizzer, Maina (15 Perelli, Guillia 55th),
10 Zorri, Tatiana
9 Panico, Patrizia
11 Guarino, Rita
Head Coach Carolina Morace
18 Solo, Hope
5 Marquand, Ally (Sara Randolph, Sara 67th)
4 Reddick, Katherine
3 Kraus, Anna
2 Kluegel, Jena
15 Hawkins, Devvyn
10 Lohman, Joanna (9 Schott, Laura 46th)
14 Ward, Marcie (13 Chalupny, Lori 46th)
12 Welsh, Christie (Ramsey, Alyssa 72nd)
11 Monroe, Mary-Frances
20 Rigamat, Stephanie (Weiss, Kristin 90th)
Referee: Sabrina Rinaldi
Asst. Referee: Sonia Baggini
Asst. Referee: Sabina Fontana
RIETI, Italy (Wednesday,
March 7, 2001) - An 87th minute goal from substitute Silvia Tagliacarne
ruined an inspired second-half effort from a young U.S. Women's National
Team as the Americans fell to Italy, 1-0, at Centro d'Italia Stadium.
Italy came out in its usual low-pressure defense with hopes of winning
the ball in midfield to counter-attack.
The young U.S. team helped the Italians with their tentative play and
were unable to put the ball through to their midfielders and forwards
losing possesion in midfield thus setting up many Italian counterattacks.
Italy found their rhythm after 20 minutes and came at the Americans for
the rest of the half. Patrizia "The Scorpion" Panico and Rita Guarino
-- the more dangerous of the two -- each had their chances in the first
The U.S. defense of Reddick, Ally Marquand, Anna Kraus, and Jena Kluegel
did a fine job of keeping the clamps on Panico, who is the leading scorer
in the Italian first Division, and her with some physical play.
In the second half the young Americans played with more confidence and
an aggressiveness that produced 25 fouls in the match. Just three minutes
into the second half, Kluegel launched a cross from the left flank that
Christie Welsh could not quite reach, hitting a soft shot right to Brenzen,
Italy's 34-year-old captain.
USA had failed to
take a shot in the first half, but had its first real chance of the game
in the 53rd minute when Kluegel played a cross to the far post. Substitute
Laura Schott got her head on the ball skimming it just wide of the goal.
One minute later, Welsh tested Brenzen with a drive from distance that
was easily saved.
Schott, who earned her first cap when she came on for Joanna Lohman in
the second half, made a difference on the U.S. front line, possessing
the ball and slipping several dangerous passes to her fellow strikers.
Forward Stephanie Rigamat put in some inspired running in the second half,
and almost broke through the defense several times on her own, but had
to leave the game in stoppage time when she took a hard knock to the head
after colliding with an Italian defender.
Eight U.S. players earned their first caps for the full national team
as Marquand, Lohman, Marcie Ward and Devvyn Hawkins started, while 17-year
old Lori Chalupny, 18-year-old Sara Randolph and Schott came on as subs.
Hawkins added some
vital ball winning for the USA as she went the entire 90 minutes while
the skillful Chalupny impressed in her debut, playing tough defense in
the middle of the field. Randolph also played strong defense at outside
right back after replacing Marquand in the 67th minute. Sixteen year-old
Kristin Weiss replaced Rigamat to earn her first cap, but barely had the
chance to break a sweat before the final whistle blew.
In the 76th minute, Solo came up with a huge save after Guarino's ripped
shot off a corner kick was flying towards to the left corner. Solo made
six saves for the USA and caught several tough balls in traffic, but her
intimidating presence also played a part in forcing Italy to misfire on
several close chances.
Italy broke through just three minutes from time. Tagliacarne collected
the ball with her back to the goal at the top of the penalty area, then
spun and volleyed into the roof of the net giving Solo had no chance
Post game quotes
U.S. Head Coach April Heinrichs
"In the first half
we played with fear, in the second half we played with courage and risk
taking with the ball at our feet and more players were willing to pass
the ball forward. Everyone responded to this change and we created more
chances in the second half. We were playing against women with a team
that is obviously very young. There were physical differences and psychological
differences between the two teams. International maturation doesn't always
correspond with age, but while they are athletic, we have some very young
players out there. I was very pleased with the second half. The game was
great preparation for the Algarve Cup because Italy was as strong as any
of the teams we will face in the first round of the tournament."
USA Captain Mary-Frances Monroe
"We definitely picked
up our game in the second half for the first time, and played well . We
were far more effective in our attacking and created some good chances
to score. If we want to beat a team like Italy, which is one of the best
in Europe, we must finish our chances."
The U.S. Team will bus to Rome tomorrow morning for a flight to Lisbon,
Portugal and then catch a flight to Faro in the Algarve region of the