Wednesday August 6, 2008
QINHUANGDAO, China (AP) -- Norway jumped on the United States
from the opening whistle, getting two goals in the first four
minutes Wednesday to beat the U.S. women's soccer team 2-0 at the
The Norwegians looked like the medal-contenders they're supposed
to be, while the Americans never looked the part. Forward Leni Laursen Kaurin outjumped and outmuscled U.S. defender Lori Chalupny to head the ball over charging goalkeeper Hope Solo and into an open net in the 2nd minute.
Two minutes later, Melissa Wiik latched onto a through ball on
the right side, outraced U.S. captain Christie Rampone and curled a
right-footed shot over Solo and just inside the far post.
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