Norway 2, United States 1
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ Norway beat the U.S. women’s team for the second time in four days, winning 2-1 Wednesday to send the Americans to consecutive home losses for the first time since 1992.
Norway, which won 3-2 Sunday at Fort Lauderdale, fell behind in the 13th minute when Jena Kluegel scored in her first international game, connecting off a chip pass from Jena Kluegel, who took a cross from Shannon MacMillan.
Marianne Petterson tied it three minutes later, beating goalkeeper Briana Scurry from 10 yards out on a breakaway.
Hege Riise put Norway ahead six minutes into the second half, taking a pass from Bente Kvitland, who was at midfielder, and catching the U.S. defense flat in the 6-yard box.
U.S. coach April Heinrichs, now 0-2, used a lineup that included nine players who did not start Sunday. Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly did not dress, and Heinrichs started four players 20 years old and younger.
Among the U.S. players who saw action were 17-year-olds Nandi Pryce and Alyssa Ramsey.
Wednesday’s game was not open to the public, although about 100 fans, mostly students, did attend. Norway, which won the Women’s World Cup in 1995, improved to 13-10-1 against the United States, the world champion in 1991 and 1999.
The atmosphere for Wednesday’s match was nothing like Sunday’s festive setting at Lockhart Stadium. The roar of engines from bulldozers, dump trucks and commuter planes near the FAU field made for a noisy setting more befitting of a recreation league scrimmage.
The Americans, who also lost consecutive home games to Norway eight years ago, are preparing for the defense of their Olympic gold medal in September. Veteran U.S. players returned last week after boycotting three games in a wage dispute.