United States 2, Norway 1, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The United States won a matchup of the last two women’s World Cup champions with a 2-1 overtime victory over Norway in the final of the U.S. Cup.
Tammy Pearman, making her international debut, scored on a breakaway in the second minute of overtime as the U.S. team avenged its 1-0 semifinal loss to Norway in June’s World Cup.
After replacing Tiffeny Milbrett in the 67th minute, Pearman picked up a long ball from Jen Grubb at the top of the penalty arc and headed it past Norwegian goalkeeper Bente Nordby before tapping it home for the winner.
Norway, which lost to the United States in the World Cup final in 1991, missed an opportunity to win in the closing seconds of regulation when U.S. goalkeeper Mary Harvey batted away a header by Linda Medalen.
After a scoreless first half, Marianne Petterson hammered a rebound off Harvey in the 58th minute to give Norway a 1-0 lead.
However, Mia Hamm brought the U.S. team even four minutes later, scoring on a free kick through a screen from 32 yards out.
The crowd of 7,083 at RFK Stadium was the largest ever to see the U.S. Women’s national team play in its home country. Last August, 6,511 fans paid to see the same two teams compete in Worcester, Mass.