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SPORTS TODAY: • Tiger takes aim at Grand Slam, B2 • Youth Baseball, B3 • Phillies not ready to panic, B3 GETTYSBURG TIMES ORTS TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2002 Section B SPORTS DESK: SPORTS @GBURGTIMES.COM Americans turn World Cup upside down U.S. storms past Mexico From wire services JEONJU, South Korea — The players in red, white and blue ran around the field in disbelief, celebrating a stunning World .Cup victory that helped bury a brutal past. They realized a new world order had emerged at this year's tournament, one where U.S. soccer is a force, not a farce. The Americans continued their improbable run on the sport's greatest stage with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday. That earned them a spot against Germany in the quarterfinals, the best U.S. performance since the first World Cup in 1930. "When I got to the locker room, I said, 'This is really weird,'" said Landon Donovan, who scored a second-half goal that sealed the victory. "It's like it's not happening. It's like a dream." The Americans took their place alongside traditional greats Brazil, England and Germany, and perhaps erased bad memories of the 1998 World Cup in France, when the United States finished last in the 32-nation field. "There is no longer an established world in soccer," coach Bruce Arena said. "It is truly a global game now. At the end of the day, the Brazils and Germanys and Englands and Italys will be there, but the gap is closing." Keeping awake the soccer faithful back home for the 2:30 a.m. EOT start, the Americans didn't disappoint, pulling off another of the upsets that have defined this World Cup. The final eight will also include newcomer Senegal, either Japan or Turkey, and possibly South Korea, while defending champion France, Argentina and Portugal already have made the long flights home. 2OO2 WORLD CUP BRUCE ARENA Led by Brian McBride and the 20-year-old Donovan, who both scored off counterattacks, the United States surprised a Mexican team that used to dominate their region. It was the first World Cup meeting between the nations, and some fans back home in Mexico were crying following a loss that had been unthinkable a few hours earlier. "It hurts us here," Jose Luis Luviano, a fan in Mexico City, said as he punched his chest. Tears melted the Mexican flags painted on his cheeks. "There has to be an end to this disgrace where (Americans) treat us like rats and idiots." At the game, several thousand U.S. fans, decked out in red, white and blue, began taunting the Mexicans with chants of "Adios, amigos." "We certainly earned bragging points for a few years to come," said Kaela Porter, a fan from Boston at Jeonju Stadium. President Bush called the U.S. team 41 12 hours before the game to tell Arena he was confident the Americans would win. "The country is really proud of the team," Bush said as players listened on a speaker phone. "A lot of people that don't know anything about soccer, like me, are all excited and pulling for you." The American players, unaccustomed to attention in their own country, were surprised when they found out the president was on the phone. "We were thinking — which president?" Donovan said. "That was awesome. You could tell he genuinely cared.... It wasn't like we went to him and asked. He wanted to call." The United States plays Friday against Germany, a three- time World Cup champion that pushed the Americans around during a 2-0 victory at the 1998 World Cup. "On paper, it looks to be no match. However, we don't play this game on paper," Arena said. German coach Rudi Voeller said his team will be under more pressure as the favorites. "The Americans have shown great morale here. No one believed that they would make the quarters," he said. The U.S. victory against Mexico was right up there with its 1-0 upset of England in the 1950 World Cup. After that tournament, the Americans didn't return to soccer's showcase until 1990. It was a shattering loss for Mexico, which spent decades beating the U.S. team. The United States was 0-21-3 against the Mexicans from 1937-80, but since 1991 the Americans have gone 9-6-5. "We played very good football, but in football, you win by scoring goals and we didn't score any," Mexican forward Jared (See CUP on Page B3) YAHOO — U.S. soccer team captain Claudio Reyna celebrates with fans after winning 2-0 against Mexico in their 2002 World Cup second round playoff" soccer match at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium at Jeonju, South Korea, Monday. The U.S. plays Germany in the quarterfinals. Irish survive on clutch homer From wire services ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH MONEY — Notre Dame left fielder Brian Stavisky swings for his game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Rice to win the game 5-3 in a College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday. Rice was eliminated from the World Series with the loss. OMAHA, Neb. — The wind at Rosenblatt Stadium stood no chance against Notre Dame's Brian Stavisky on Monday afternoon. The outfielder hit a two-run homer into a 15 MPH crosswind in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Fighting Irish a 5-3 victory over Rice that kept them alive in the College World Series. "My first thought was the wind would knock it down but it seemed to pierce the win," Stavisky said of his ninth homer of the season. "I knew I hit it hard. When it went up into the stands it was the best feeling I've ever had on a baseball field." The Fighting Irish (50-17) reached the 50-vvin mark for the first time while staying alive in just their second CWS appearance. Steve Stanley started the ninth-inning rally with a one-out triple and tied the game 3-3 on Sieve Sollmann's single up the middle. Stavisky then hit a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right as the Irish bolted from their dugout to celebrate at home plate. "I'm not sure I can adequately describe what we just witnessed," coach Paul Mainieri said. "I'd like to say I'm surprised at what happened in the bottom of the ninth inning, but I'm really not. I've watched these kids do it for the last three or four years." Mainieri had to leave the Irish after Saturday's 4- 'COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Rotary, Lions roar into finals 3 loss to Stanford to be with his wife, whose father died Friday in Oregon, Ohio. Mainieri returned Omaha on Sunday night and Stanley dedicated Monday's win to the coach. "We wanted to give this one to him and we wanted to win just for our own confidence level," Stanley said. "In my four years here we've never gone to a tournament and gone 2-and-out and I didn't want to start that at the College World Series." The heroics of Stanley, Sollmann and Stavisky lifted a huge burden for reliever J.P. Gagne (9-4), who allowed a tiebreaking homer to pinch-hitter Mike Lorsbach in the seventh that gave Rice a 3-2 lead. . "I don't know what the rest of my life would have been like," Gagne said. "My approach to the game and my opinion of what was going on really changed after Steve scored in the bottom of the ninth." Rice's Justin Crowder (10-3), who came on in relief with two outs in the third and allowed just two hits until the Irish's ninth-inning rally, took the loss. Austin Davis had a solo homer and RBI single for the Owls (52-14), who were two outs away from advancing after taking their first lead in the seventh. • Folkemer, Manahan fire complete games BY CHRIS COCHRAN Times Sports Correspondent On paper, Wednesday night's Gettysburg Little League Championship game between the Lions and Rotary looks pretty even. After both teams scored two runs in the top of the first inning of their semifinal games Monday, they relied on complete-game performances from their pitchers with the Lions beating Schindler 3-0 and Rotary coming out on top of PNC Bank 9-4 to secure their spots in the championship game at 6:30 Wednesday at the Gettysburg Rec Park. Even before he had recorded a single strikeout, Lion pitcher Nate Folkemor had already helped himself out offensively by singling in the top of the first. He would later score thanks to an 02 pitch that Jordan Hunsicker smacked into deep left field resulting in a triple and the RBI. Hunsicker himself would later GETTYSBURG LITTLE LEAGUE score due to a throwing error. Then it was Folkemer's turn to dominate defensively as he put down the side 1-2-3. In the second inning the Lions would again benefit from a Schindler throwing error that brought in another and the final run of the game for the Lions From that point on Folkemer put his game on automatic pilot as he struck out 10 batters while only giving up three hits, all singles. Schindler threatned in the bottom of the sixth with two on and two out and the tying run at the plate, but Kyle McLeaf made a great catch to end the game and propel the Lions into the championship. Following the game Lions' coach Dave Cool was quick to praise not only Folkemer but the entire team in helping to secure the victory. "Nate had a tremendous game for us on the mound," said Cool. "But this team tonight, pulled together, our superb defense combined with our strong pitching is key to our moving on." Cool will turn to the team's ace, D.J. Cool, to pitch in Wednesday's game. D.J. is undefeated on the season, going 11-0. "I feel confident that whoever we face on Wednesday will bring their "A-game" and I look forward to it", said Cool. In the Schindler dugout head coach Greg Deaner addressed a team that couldn't quite put the loss into perspective following a season where it went 15-6. . "Look guys, we have had a great season and I don't know about you but I have had a lot of fun," Deaner told his club. "Needless to say, I am extremely proud of the effort that you all gave every game this season and know that all of you gave it your best effort and that is really what matters. I guarantee you there will be a tomorrow." With the other semifinal still in (See FINALS on Page B3) CHRIS COCHRAN/GETTYSDURC TIMES MURDERER'S ROW — Members of Rotary wait for their turn at the plate during their semifinal game against PNC Bank in the Gettysburg Little League Tournament Monday at Gettysburg Rec Park. Rotary won 9-4 and will meet Lions in the finals at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Lions blanked Schindler 3-0 in the other semifinal game Monday to earn their trip to the finals.

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