U.S. women remain undefeated in 2006
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Kristine Lilly scored two late goals Sunday and Briana Scurry was in goal for the national team for the first time in two years, leading the United States past China 4-1 in an exhibition game.
Cat Whitehill and Aly Wagner had the other goals for the Americans, who remained undefeated in 2006. They are 10-0-3, including 4-0 at home.
"Even though this team is young, we're willing to fight, willing to battle," forward Abby Wambach said. "It shows the character of every player on this team."
The U.S. is 16-8-11 against China, including 2-0-1 in 2006. This win matched the Americans' biggest victory margin over China 4-1 (March 17, 1998).
Before a crowd of 7,119 at Toyota Park, China opened the scoring on Han Duan's goal in the 24th minute. The U.S. then responded with four straight goals.
In the 30th minute, Whitehill's high shot went through China goalkeeper Han Wenxia's hands fell and rolled into the net.
"After their goal our defense got tighter," Lilly said. "Our midfielders played harder. And we scored some goals."
The U.S. took a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute on penalty kick. Wagner jumped for a ball and was taken down by Ren Liping. Wagner's shot to the lower left corner fooled Han, who dove in the opposite direction.
China captain Pu Wei was ejected in the 86th minute after tackling Wambach, then kicking her when down.
Lilly scored in the 87th and 89th minutes for a couple of insurance goals. Scurry's previous appearance with the team was Dec. 8, 2004. She has 156 appearances, more than any other U.S. goalkeeper.