U.S. Women Dominate While Revs Falters in DoubleheaderBy Ming-Tai Huh
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Last Saturday the U.S. women’s national soccer team proved why it stands at the top of the field. The World Cup champs shutout the Republic of Ireland 5-0 at Foxboro Stadium following a two month summer break. The victory, the first game in a double-header ticket with the New England Revolution, leaves the Americans undefeated in their last 14 games, 21-2-2 overall for the year.
After being back on the field for just a few days, the lady champs are right back where they left off. Completely controlling the tempo of the game, the U.S. outshot Ireland 26-3. Forward Tiffany Millbrett lead the United States’ attack with two goals and an assist. Both Joy Fawcett and Kristine Lilly added second half goals to squash all of Ireland’s hopes of coming back.
When the Americans found their scoring rhythm, the crowds excitement heightened with each goal. Towards the last minutes of the game, fans were on their feet cheering for their favorites. Young female athletes who idolize these US players screamed and chanted names of the soccer superstars, especially Mia Hamm.
Number nine on this team is much more than a forward who puts an occasional goal into the opposing team’s net. Mia Hamm epitomizes women’s soccer all over the United States. Certainly every single player on the national team contributes to its success, but Hamm brings the team to a new level on the field and off. Hamm-jersey-wearing fans yell out her name constantly, hoping that she may give a look back to acknowledge them with a heart warming smile.
When the final horn sounded, Mia joined the fans with outstretched hands who asked for autographs. The crowd didn’t head to their cars until a good half an hour of signing magazine covers, jerseys, mini soccer balls, and sports cards ended. As long as women’s soccer has Mia Hamm on its team, teenage players will follow and flourish.
The United States women’s team takes on Brazil on Sept. 26 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.
Revolution crushed by Tampa Bay
Most people left for their homes when the U.S. national team bus left Foxborough. However, the real New England fans came for the next game which featured the Revolution against the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Before the night was over, they probably wished they had left after the women’s game. The visitors from Florida crushed the Revs 5-1. Even Goalkeeper Walter Zenga quit playing and walked off the field during the first half.
The Revolution’s only goal came from Giovanni Savarese header from Joe-Max Moore’s crosspass in 17th minute. Unfortunately, the Mutiny dominated the field until the 90th minute.
As player/coach, Zenga brought in substitutes to change the flow of the game early in second half. Nevertheless, the game headed downhill from there, leading the Revs into a 2-0 shutout half. The loss brought the Revs’ record to 9-17, having lost 9 out of their last 10 games.
Saturday’s loss hurts the Revs chances of staying in playoff contention. Next game against the ailing Kansas City Wizards will be a good chance for the team to solidify their position in the playoff bracket.