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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Keeps the Ball Rolling, 6-0

May 09, 1998| From Staff Reports

INDIANAPOLIS — The United States women's national soccer team keeps reaching its goals . . . and goals . . . and goals . . .

The U.S. defeated Iceland, 6-0, on Friday and has scored 21 goals in three games as it prepares for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. Mia Hamm scored twice and assisted on another as the U.S. outshot Iceland, 35-1.

Tiffeny Milbrett, Sara Whalen, Tisha Venturini and Debbie Keller also scored.

"There was some impressive displays of attacking soccer tonight," U.S. Coach Tony DiCicco said.

Still, the U.S. wasn't overjoyed.

"It was a somewhat lackluster performance," said U.S. midfielder Michelle Akers, who with 96 career international goals is five shy of tying the world record. "But it was a convincing win and definitely leaves room for improvement for Sunday's match and on to the 1999 Women's World Cup."

Briana Scurry made one save to preserve the shutout. Kristine Lilly made her 149th career appearance, moving her into third on the world's all-time list. The record is 151, held by retired Heidi Stoere of Norway.

The teams will meet again Sunday on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

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