HOME
  MLS
     Scores
     Schedules
     Standings
     Statistics
     Message Boards
  WUSA
     Scores
     Standings
  ENGLAND
  SCOTLAND
  EUROPE
  CHAMPS LEAGUE
  GLOBAL
  WORLD CUP 2002
  EXTRA TIME
  SEARCH


  ESPN Network:
  ESPN.com
  ESPN Deportes
  Fantasy Games

 Saturday, April 13, 2002 21:55 EST

Courage remain unbeaten against Spirit

[Associated Press]

SAN DIEGO -- Danielle Slaton's crossing pass deflected off Joy Fawcett for an own goal in the 87th minute, giving the Carolina Courage a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Spirit on Saturday.

The miscue gave the Courage a win in the WUSA season opener for both teams.

Slaton sent a hard crossing pass from the left side that ricocheted off Fawcett's right shin and into the net for the game-winner.

"I was marking my player and I saw her kick it," Fawcett said. "I just stuck my leg out and it hit off my shin. It's just one of those things."

Carolina, which tied for last place in last year's inaugural WUSA season, remained unbeaten against San Diego (3-0-1).

"We've been playing well throughout the preseason," said Courage goaltender Kristin Luckinbill. "We did just enough right today to win."

The Courage also received help on their first goal, credited to Danielle Fotopoulos. After taking a throw-in from Slaton, Fotopoulos fired a low, hard crossing shot that caromed off the thigh of defender Margaret Tietjen and into the goal.

"I thought San Diego had better play," said Carolina coach Marcia McDermott. "But we gutted it out and got a huge win on the road."

The Spirit tied it 1-1 in the 59th minute when Chinese national team member Zhang Ouying scored off a pass from Julie Foudy. Zhang got behind the defense and shot off the fingertips of goaltender Kristin Luckinbill.

Mercy Akide nearly scored for San Diego in the 17th minute, but her shot from 35 yards out hit the crossbar. Six minutes later, teammate Shannon MacMillan shot from nearly the same spot as Akide and also hit the crossbar.

"I'm very disappointed," Spirit coach Carlos Juarez said. "It's horrible to lose, especially your first game at home."


 Soccernet Tools
 
Email story
 
Most Sent
 

ESPN.com: HELP | ADVERTISER INFO | CONTACT US | TOOLS | JOBS | SITE MAP
Copyright ©2001 ESPN Internet Ventures. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and Safety Information are applicable to this site.