SUWON, South Korea (AP) The U.S. women's team beat Australia 2-1 in its opening match of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup on goals by Natasha Kai in the first half and Abby Wambach 13 minutes from the end of the game.
After a ragged start, the top-ranked Americans got going thanks to midfielder Heather O'Reilly. She created the first goal after collecting a ball on the right wing, accelerating down the flank, beating a defender and sending a dangerous chip into the penalty area. Kai was making a cutting run and slipped in front of a defender to beat goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri to the ball. Kai poked it by her from 6 yards into the lower left corner.
The goal was Kai's team-leading 11th of 2008 and 19th of her young international career.