JB Alumni Start and Score for WNT in Gold Medal Game
GUANGZHOU, China (January 20, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored a 77th minute goal off a header from midfielder Shannon Boxx to earn a 1-0 victory over China and win the 2008 Four Nations Tournament. It was the first tournament title for new U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage.
Boxx’s goal came after defender Lori Chalupny(17) had burst past a defender outside the penalty box on the right side only to be been scythed down, earning a free kick. The initial service was cleared off a Chinese head, but the ball fell to defender Becky Sauerbrunn(27) on the right wing and she sent a looping service back into the middle. Boxx got a bit of separation from her defender and arched her body to send a looping header over the Chinese goalkeeper into the right corner from 11 yards out. The goal was the 18th of Boxx’s international career. It was Sauerbrunn’s first career assist.