Lindsay Tarpley lifts U.S. into Algarve final

Lindsay Tarpley received a rare start with the U.S. women's national team Friday, and she made it count, scoring the first goal as the Americans advanced to the Algarve Cup title game with a 2-0 victory over Norway in Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal.

Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), in the starting XI for the first time since July 2009, finished a feed from Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC) after defender Rachel Buehler played a ball behind Norway's backline in the 33rd minute. Carli Lloyd netted the second in the 63rd minute.

Tarpley grew up in Michigan, led the University of North Carolina to an NCAA title, plays for the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer, and lives in the South Bay because her husband, former Indiana University defender B.J. Snow, is the women's coach at UCLA. She played up top in the first half and on the right side of midfield in the second half, and the goal was her 28th in international play, 14th on the all-time U.S. list.

Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance) nearly scored and was a force in midfield for the U.S., and defender Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS) and forwards Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) and Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach) came on in the second half.

The Americans (2-0-0) finish group play in the annual event Monday against Finland. They can win their fourth Algarve title in five years Wednesday.