Pan Am Games Roundup
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ No nerve-fraying penalty kicks or shirt-ripping celebrations this time. This was another women’s soccer team from the United States, doing things its own way and enjoying it just as much.
And now the U.S. 18-and-under team has something in common with its sisters from the World Cup: a championship. In fact, a gold medal.
Catherine Reddick went solo, scoring after a series of magnificent moves in the first half, and goalie Hope Solo had an act of her own Thursday as the United States edged Mexico 1-0 in the Pan American Games final.
``The World Cup team was pressing on for the gold and they got it. You set your standards so high to be like them,″ Reddick said.
``Hopefully the World Cup is in my future. It’s my goal right now. The Pan Ams is the biggest game of all of our lives right now. It’s so special, right after the World Cup to live up to what they did. It’s such a great experience.″
Paul Goldstein of Rockville, Md., won an all-American final in men’s tennis, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 over Cecil Mamiit of Los Angeles. Maria Vento of Venezuela defeated Tara Snyder of Houston for the women’s crown, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.
The U.S. women’s basketball team can do no better than a bronze medal after falling to Cuba for the second time, 87-78. It was an improvement from a 95-64 loss in the preliminary round.
``They’ve come a million miles,″ U.S. coach Nell Fortner said of her team, which was put together just two weeks before the games. ``I just wish we could have hit a few more shots against that zone defense and maybe it’s a different outcome.″
Cuba plays Canada for the gold. The hosts upset Brazil 56-54.
Games records by Staciana Stitts of Carlsbad, Calif., and Karen Campbell of Kalamazoo, Mich., gave the beleaguered U.S. women’s swimming team a major boost.
Stitts, 17, smashed the Pan Ams record in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.16. Kristen Woodring of Sinking Springs, Pa., got the silver.
Campbell, 22, a black belt in taekwondo, shattered the record in the 100 butterfly in the preliminaries in 59.70, then won the final in 1:00.05.
Brazil, which has dominated the men’s races, added two more golds for a total of five, and Canada won the other men’s final.
The United States now has 235 medals, 87 gold, followed by Canada with 149, 49 gold. Cuba has 122, 53 gold.
In soccer, Reddick, a 17-year-old high school senior from Birmingham, Ala., chest-trapped the ball near midfield, dribbled about 40 yards, juked two defenders in front of the penalty area and then drove a right-footed shot high over Mexican goalie Linny Quinones in the 26th minute.
``I saw I had a shot and said, `Please go in.′ And it went in,″ Reddick said.
Solo and the Americans’ defense made it last. Solo, who plays at the University of Washington, was unscored upon in the three matches she started. Her fully extended block of a shot by Iris Mora in the 53rd minute and her diving stop of a shot in the penalty area by Fatima Leyva in the 87th preserved the U.S. lead.
The American soccer team bowed in a chorus line after its victory and took a lap around the field after getting the gold medals. The United States, tied by Mexico 1-1 in the preliminary round for its only blemish, outscored its opponents 22-2 in the tournament.
``We had our own expectations, because we are a different team,″ Solo said. ``We are not the USA team, not the World Cup team. So we had to establish our own expectations and distinguish ourselves. And it wasn’t just because they won.
``But they intrigued us and they inspired us.″
Two American boxers won and three lost in the semifinals.
Super heavyweight Davin King moved into the final against Cuba’s Alexis Rubalcaba by shutting out Argentina’s Manuel Azar 4-0. Jose Navarro of Los Angeles won his flyweight bout when he outpointed Daniel Ponce of Mexico 12-8.
Featherweight Aaron Torres lost a defensive match with Zayas Younan of Canada 2-1. Light welterweight Corey Bernard was beaten 10-4 by Kleson Pinto of Brazil.
Darnell Wilson lost 9-8 to Cuban star Jorge Gutierrez. The bout was tied 7-7, then Wilson took a one-point lead. Gutierrez tied it and scored a winning punch in the final 20 seconds.
``This shows me how far I have come,″ said Wilson, who gets a bronze medal. ``There are a lot of boxers leaving here with nothing.″
Hidalberto Aranda of Cuba set the world record in the clean and jerk for the 77 kilogram division. Aranda lifted 205.5 kilograms (453 pounds) to break the record of 205.0 (452 pounds) set by Armenian Khachatur Kyapanaktsyan on Jan. 1, 1998 in La Coruna, Spain. Aranda won the gold.