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Saturday, August 25, 2007
ESPNsoccernet: August 29, 3:33 PM UK
U.S. women beat Finland 4-0 in final World Cup prep

CARSON, Calif. -- Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx, Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly scored to give the United States a 4-0 victory over Finland on Saturday night in the team's final game before the Women's World Cup.

Lilly, playing in her world-record 331st international game, added an assist to become the second woman to reach 100 goals and 100 assists in international soccer. Mia Hamm was the first.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo did not need to make a save to earn her 25th career shutout.

Forward Abby Wambach left the game in the 27th minute after jamming a toe on her right foot while being fouled.

Boxx scored the first goal in the 30th minute on an 8-yard header off Lilly's 25-yard free kick. Lilly scored her 126th career goal in the 36th minute by redirecting Lori Chalupny's pass into an empty net from 3 yards.

Tarpley scored in the 68th minute by securing Christie Rampone's long pass, beating defender Petra Vaelma, drawing goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela away from the net and converting from 10 yards inside the right post.

O'Reilly scored in the 76th minute from 5 yards off Carli Lloyd's cross from the right side of the penalty area.

The Americans outshot Finland 38-2 and forced Korpela to make 12 saves. The United States had 16 shots on goal, while Finland had none.

The United States will leave Monday for the Women's World Cup in China. The Americans will begin play Sept. 11 against North Korea.




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