United States 2, Denmark 1
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Carla Overbeck’s goal in the 83rd minute highlighted a second-half comeback as the United States women’s soccer team defeated Denmark 2-1 Saturday in a pre-Olympic exhibition match.
Kristine Lilly’s pass during a goalmouth scramble found Overbeck, whose quick shot provided the game-winner.
The United States (5-1-1) has trailed in four of its seven games in 1996.
Lilly tied the contest in the 52nd minute. A yellow card to Denmark’s Rikke Holm set up a U.S. free kick. Mia Hamm’s direct shot from 25 yards was deflected toward the top of the box, but Lilly collected the loose ball and slipped a shot passed the goalkeeper inside the left goalpost.
``Once you get a goal, it picks up a team,″ Lilly said. ``We always have the will to win, so we wanted to come back and win this one.″
The U.S. dominated the first half, but trailed 1-0 at intermission on a 38th-minute goal from Denmark’s Lisbet Kolding.
Gitte Krogh drove along the right sideline and sent a cross to Lene Madsen. Madsen chipped the ball to Kolding, who beat U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry from 20 yards.
``It was frustrating because I think we played well,″ Overbeck said. ``We didn’t finish some chances, but again, Denmark is a very good team. If you make mistakes at this level, you’re going to get punished.″
U.S. star Michelle Akers missed her second consecutive match with a right knee injury. Akers, who has 87 career goals, has a slight tear in her medial collateral ligament. She is expected to be out of action four to six weeks.