WASHINGTON - Maren Meinert, this year's MVP of the WUSA,
had two goals and two assists Saturday as Germany completed a
perfect first round in the Women's World Cup by dominating
Germany (3-0) easily won Group C, outscoring its opponents 13-2,
and will play the second-place team from Group D in the
quarterfinals on Thursday in Portland, Ore.
Argentina (0-3) was outscored 15-1 in its first World Cup.
German midfielder and World Cup veteran Steffi Jones left the
game in the 62nd minute with a right knee injury. She was taken to
a hospital for X-rays and an MRI, but the preliminary diagnosis was
a torn ACL.
''It seems that she is out of the tournament,'' coach Tina
It was obvious from the third minute _ when Meinert volleyed
Kerstin Stegemann's cross from 10 yards _ that the rout was on.
Bettina Wiegmann made it 2-0 with a penalty kick in the 24th after
Birgit Prinz was fouled.
Prinz then had the most spectacular goal of the game, a
falling-backward, half-bicycle kick from 10 yards that nestled just
inside the right post in the 32nd minute. Meinert got the assist on
Prinz' fourth goal of the tournament.
Meinert, who played for the WUSA's Boston Breakers and came out
of retirement from international play for this World Cup, scored in
the 43rd with a 20-yard drive that left goalkeeper Romina Ferro
Argentina got its first World Cup goal in the 71st minute on
substitute Yanina Gaitan's volley from 20 yards.
German substitute Conny Pohlers scored in the 89th minute, and
substitute Martina Mueller's flying header off Meinert's pass
finished the scoring in second-half injury time.