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TheSun:Monday,Sept.22,2003:Page3 D êê Soccer “Whenyoupreparethreeyearsforsomething,itbecomesanunleashing.” AprilHeinrichs, theU.S.team’scoach U.S.womenquickoutofblocks,3-1 [ Cup,fromPage1 D ] keeperBrianaScurryanda clinchingheaderfromnew- comerShannonBoxxtonail downthewin. Theonlypieceofbadnewsfor theAmericanswasthelossofde- fenderBrandiChastain,who brokeaboneinherrightfootin thefirsthalfandwillbeoutforat leasttheremainderofgroupplay. TheU.S.teamgainedthe maximumofthreepointsinthe firstofthreeGroupAprelimi- nary-roundgames.Itwillnext faceNigeria—a3-0loserto NorthKoreaonSaturday—in PhiladelphiaonThursday. TheAmericansmaybehard- pressedtoplayanybetterthan theydidinthefirsthalfyester- day.Theydisplayedcreativity andthensheerpoweringaining atwo-goaladvantage. Lilly’sfinishonthefirstgoal —aleft-footedstrikefrom20 yardsinthe28thminute—was asdecisiveandoutstandingas itsbuild-up. ForwardAbbyWambach turnedadefendertowinspace insidethepenaltyareaonthe rightand,justasanotherde- fenderwascomingovertohelp, sheplayedashortballback acrossthemiddletoHamm, whoone-timedaflickbehindto theoncomingLilly.Itwasthe firstofthreeassistsforHamm. TheshotfromLillyquickly founditswaypastSwedengoal- keeperCarolineJoensson. “ItwasagreatpassfromMia, Ihititonthesweetspotandit wentexactlywhereIwantedit togo,”saidLilly. Inthe36thminute,Parlow stoodhergroundatthefarpost andthengothigherthanthe rest,sendinghomeaheaderon acornerkickfromHamm. Inthesecondhalf,afterSwe- denconnectedinthe58th minuteonVictoriaSvensson’s headeroffacrossfromHanna Ljungberg,theAmericansfirst answeredwithdefense,thengot clinchingreliefonaheaderfrom BoxxoffanotherHammcorner kickwith12minutestoplay. “Ijustkindofpeeledoutand theballwasrightthereandI gotupandover,”saidBoxx.“It wasafteritwasalreadyinthe backofthenetthatIwaslike, ‘Ohgosh’—veryexcited.”Boxx becamethefirstU.S.playerto scoreineachofherfirstthree internationalgames. SaidHamm,whocelebrated Boxx’sgoalwitharacetothe U.S.benchandhigh-fivesforall: “Itwasanimportantgoalforus. Swedenwascomingafterus— theyscoredagreatgoal—and forustogetthatthirdgoalgave usconfidenceandgotusreor- ganized.” ASSOCIATEDPRESS KatiacelebrateshersecondgoalofthegameinBrazil’s3-0winin itsWorldCupopener.JuHeeSongistheSouthKoreanplayer. Brazil’sold-newmix sinksSouthKorea,3-0 VeteranKatiascorestwo; 1st-timenerveshurtlosers By GlennP.Graham SUNSTAFF WASHINGTON—Sur- roundedbyyouthfulplayers lookingtoquicklyfindtheirway intheWomen’sWorldCup,Bra- zil’sstandoutforward,Katia, talkedabouthowoutstanding theadditionswereandprom- isedtheywouldsoonbeheard from. UpagainstSouthKoreain yesterday’sopeneratRFKSta- dium,itwasthe26-year-old Katia—oneofonlyfiveplayers whosawimportantminutesfor Brazil’s1999WorldCupteam— whospokevolumesinhelpingto clearthefirsthurdle. Withtwogoalsinatake- chargesecondhalf,Katialed Braziltoa3-0winoveraSouth Koreansidethatshowedunder- standablejittersinitsfirst WorldCupappearance. ButwithpowerfulNorwayup nextforBrazilonWednesdayin GroupBplay,sheknowsthere’s notmuchtimetoenjoyyester- day’svictory. “Ithinkitwasagoodgame, butweneedtotalkaboutalot ofstuff,”shesaid.“Weneedto organize.It’sgoingtobeatough game.Norwayisagoodteam andweknowthem.We’regoing toplayjusttoenjoy.” TheBraziliansarecomingoff athird-placeshowinginthe1999 Cup,butcomeintothisyear’s tournamentwithanewlook. Pretinhaisnotontheroster becauseofakneeinjury,and Sissi,themidfieldsparkonthe ’99squad,wasdeemed,at36, pastherprimebyBrazilian coachPauloGoncalves,leaving 22-year-oldDanielaand 17-year-oldMartaamongthe newplayerssteppingup. Katiasaidshedoesn’tfeel addedpressureasBrazil’spri- maryfocusonoffense,butwasa littlefrustratedatmissinga thirdgoalyesterday. “Whenyouhaveanopportu- nity,youhavetofinish,”she said.“That’smyjob,toscore goals,anditwasalostopportu- nity.Wegotthreepointsand that’stheimportantthing,” SouthKoreaforwardEunSun Parksummedupherteam’s nervousnesswithasimpleob- servation:“Iwastryingtoplay well,butmybodywasnotwork- ing.” TheSouthKoreanswilltryto findtheirfootingonWednesday againstFrance,whichiscoming offa2-0losstoNorway.Coach JongGoanAnexpectsbetter things. “OurfirstgameintheWorld Cupandit’sbeenalotofpres- sureontheplayers.Idon’tfeel theplayersperformedtotheir abilities,”hesaid. “IfeeltheFrancegamewillbe muchbetterandwewillperform alotbetter.Wehavetwore- maininggamestofindout[ifwe makeittothequarterfinals]. “Ithinkwehaveachanceand they’regoingtotrytheirbest,a gameatatime.” ASSOCIATEDPRESS U.S.team’sAbbyWambachgoesflyinginacollisionwithSweden’sKarolinaWestberg(2).The Americans’goalsintheir3-1wincamefromKristineLilly,CindyParlowandShannonBoxx. B RINGING S PORTSTO L IFE “I like to go inside the huddles, behind the scenes, while also revealing the passion and insights of players.” -Mike Preston 01050250K Russiabreakstiein89thminute WOMEN’S WORLDCUP GroupA WLTGFGAPts NorthKorea100303 UnitedStates100313 Sweden010130 Nigeria010030 GroupB WLTGFGAPts Brazil100303 Norway100203 France010020 SouthKorea010030 GroupC WLTGFGAPts Japan100603 Germany100413 Canada010140 Argentina010060 GroupD WLTGFGAPts Russia100213 China000000 Ghana000000 Australia010120 Yesterday AtWashington UnitedStates3,Sweden1 Brazil3,SouthKorea0 AtCarson,Calif. Russia2,Australia1 Chinavs.Ghana Wednesday AtWashington Norwayvs.Brazil,5p.m. Francevs.SouthKorea,7:45p.m. AtColumbus,Ohio Germanyvs.Japan,5:45p.m. Canadavs.Argentina,8:30p.m. Thursday AtPhiladelphia Swedenvs.NorthKorea,4:45p.m. NigeriaatUnitedStates,7:30p.m. AtCarson,Calif. Ghanavs.Russia,7:15p.m. Chinavs.Australia,10p.m. Sept.27 AtFoxboro,Mass. SouthKoreavs.Norway,12:45p.m. Canadavs.Japan,3:30p.m. AtWashington Francevs.Brazil,12:45p.m. Argentinavs.Germany,3:30p.m. Sept.28 AtColumbus,Ohio Swedenvs.Nigeria,1p.m. NorthKoreaatUnitedStates,3:45p.m. AtPortland,Ore. Ghanavs.Australia,8:15p.m. Russiavs.China,11p.m. ASSOCIATEDPRESS CARSON,Calif.—ElenaFo- minaatonedformissingapen- altykickbyscoringthetiebreak- inggoalinthe89thminuteto giveRussiaa2-1winoverAus- traliaintheWorldCuplast night. ThevictorygaveRussiathe earlyedgeforsecondplacein GroupD.China,whichplayed Ghanainthesecondgameof theCupdoubleheader,isheavily favoredtowinthegroup. FominatookapassfromGa- linaKomarovaandsentashot from20yardsjustinsidetheleft post.AustraliangoalkeeperCas- sandraKelldived,butcouldnot reachtheball. Fomina’spenaltykickinthe 71stminutebangedoffthe crossbar. Russiawasawardedthepen- altykickwhenNigerianreferee BolaAbidoyeruledthatAus- tralianmidfielderTalKarphad pulledRussia’sNataliaBarba- chinadownbythejerseyinthe penaltyarea. Australiaopenedthescoring inthe38thminuteasKellyGole- biowskiputinareboundof DanielleSmall’sshot. RhianDaviesbeganthescor- ingsequencewithalongpassto Small.RussiangoalkeeperAlla Volkovarushedoffthelineto challengeSmall,whoseshothit therightpost. ThereboundrolledtoGolebi- owskiandshekickedtheball intotheunguardednetfrom15 yards. Russiatiedthescoreaminute lateronanowngoalbyAustral- iandefenderDianneAlagich. AfreekickbyRussiande- fenderMarianSaenkodeflected offtherightshinofAlagich,a memberoftheWUSA’sSanJose CyberRays,pastKell. RussiawillplayGhanawhile AustraliawillfaceChinaon Thursdayintheirsecondof threegamesingroupplay. ThelossdroppedAustraliato 0-6-1all-timeinWorldCupplay. Russiais11thintherankingsis- suedbyFIFA,soccer’sworld- widegoverningbody,whileAus- traliais15th. 2-1victoryoverAustralia givesteamedgefor2nd • AUDITS • LIENS • LEVIES • WAGE GARNISHMENTS • PASTDUE RETURNS • OFFER IN COMPROMISE ATTY. KAREN SCOTT 410-837-9900 ne979319501 OWE IRS? 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