PITTSBURGH - Abby Wambach had a goal and an assist as the U.S. women’s national soccer team beat Iceland 3-0 Wednesday night in the second game of its 10-game Olympic gold medal victory tour.
Just 6,386 fans turned out at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 64,350-seat home, for the first international women’s soccer game played in Pittsburgh. A game between two European professional men’s teams, Chelsea and AS Roma, drew more than 25,000 to the stadium on July 29.
The U.S. team played without all-time scoring leader Mia Hamm, who has 154 goals and 137 assists in international play. She had a prior engagement and was not scheduled to participate in the Pittsburgh game.
Cindy Parlow opened the scoring 85 seconds into the match when she made a blind, backward deflection of a pass from Wambach to beat goaltender Thora Helgadottir. It was the 70th career goal for Parlow, who joined Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Tiffeny Milbrett and Michelle Akers as the fifth U.S. women’s player to reach that plateau.
Wambach made it 2-0 in the 18th minute with a 45-foot kick that drifted just under the crossbarr. It was Wambach’s third goal in two games against Iceland and her 21st in 26 games this season.
Lilly put the game away when she rifled a shot past Helgadottir in the 62nd minute for her 99th career goal to tie Milbrett for third all-time behind Hamm and Akers (105).
U.S. goalkeeper Brianna Scurry played only the first half, faced just four shots and did not have to make a save. She was replaced by Kristin Luckenbill, a 25-year-old native of Paoli, who preserved the shutout by making a save on midfielder Dora Stefansdottir in the 61st minute.
The United States outshot Iceland 15-8.
Coach April Heinrichs used her bench freely in the second half until she ran out of substitutions.
The U.S. team next plays in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 3 against New Zealand.
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