U.S. women beat Canada in penalty shootout

April 12, 2008

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Nicole Barnhart made a diving save on Brittany Timko's penalty kick to give the United States a 6-5 shootout victory over Canada on Saturday night in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying final.

The United States won the shootout after the teams finished regulation play tied 0-0, and 30 extra minutes tied 1-1.

Barnhart stopped Timko after Heather O'Reilly gave the United States the lead. Carli Lloyd, Leslie Osborne, Abby Wambach, Angela Hucles and Christie Rampone also scored for the Americans in the tiebreaker. Kara Lang, Rhian Wilkinson, Christine Sinclair and Melissa Tancredi and Clare Rustad scored for Canada in the shootout.

Lloyd opened the scoring for the United States on a free kick in the 110th minute, but Tancredi tied it on a header in the 118th minute.

Both teams, already in the Beijing field after their semifinal victories Wednesday, had good chances late in regulation.

Lang had a wide-open shot for Canada in the 86th minute, but fired wide left. In the 90th minute, Lloyd blasted a 35-yard shot off the crossbar, with the ball coming off too hard for Wambach to control the rebound.

In the third-place game, Mexico beat Costa Rica 1-0. On Wednesday, the United States beat Costa Rica 3-0, and Canada edged Mexico 1-0.


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