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July 10, 1999 – U.S. 0:0 (5:4 PKs) WWC final at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (Att.: 90,185)

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Kristine Lilly cleared a 100th-minute Fan Yunjie header off the line and converted the go-ahead penalty kick for the U.S. After Carla Overbeck and Joy Fawcett scored for the U.S. and Xie Huilin and Qui Haiyan for China, Liu Ying’s shot was saved by former UMass goalkeeper Briana Scurry and Lilly’s PK gave the U.S. a 3-2 advantage. China’s Zhang Ouying (who would score four goals as China took a 14-0 win over Guatemala – both goal totals Gillette Stadium records – in a Women’s Gold Cup match June 24, 2000) and Sun Wen converted, as did Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain as the U.S. won the tournament. Lilly had headed away Yunjie’s attempt off a corner kick, then Chastain cleared a potentially decisive score as the game was played under FIFA’s Golden Goal rule.

The Tony DiCicco (Wethersfield, Conn.)-coached U.S. team also included substitute Sara Whalen (ex-UConn) and reserve goalkeeper Tracy Ducar, a Lawrence, Mass., native who played at North Andover High School and went on to compete for the Boston Breakers.


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