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 Saturday, April 13, 2002 21:20 EST

Freedom routed without injured star Hamm

[Associated Press]

WASHINGTON -- Tiffeny Milbrett scored two breakaway goals, and Linda Ormen contributed two assists and a goal to lead the New York Power to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Freedom on Saturday.

Milbrett, the top scorer and league MVP last season, helped the Power (1-0-0) overcome an early deficit by converting two long passes from Ormen into easy goals.

Ormen, in her first season with the Power, scored in the 63rd minute.

The Freedom played without star forward Mia Hamm, still sidelined after knee surgery in February and not expected to return until early May.

Washington struck first when Monica Gerardo sent a hooking left-foot shot from just inside the box past diving Power goaltender Saskia Webber in the ninth minute.

After being stifled in the early going, Milbrett broke through the Freedom defense and tied it 1-1 in the 33rd minute.

Ormen found Milbrett one-on-one with Freedom defender Carrie Moore on the left side. Milbrett sped past Moore and easily slipped the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Dawn Greenhouse.

On Milbrett's second goal, Ormen sent a long pass that reached Milbrett as she was in stride with Freedom defender Jen Grubb. Milbrett blocked Grubb from the ball before getting past her and knocking a shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Ormen scored on a cross from Minna Mustonen to extend the Power lead to 3-1. Midfielder Anita Rapp added the last New York goal in the 84th minute.

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