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United States settles for tie with Italy

Exhibition game in Kansas City results in 2-2 tie
Thursday, October 23, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:28 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Moira Placchi scored in the 63rd minute to lift Italy to a 2-2 tie against the United States in a women’s soccer exhibition Wednesday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Placchi’s goal, her second career score for Italy, came from about five yards away and got past goalkeeper Siri Mullinix, after Italy’s Ilaria Pasqui headed a free kick toward Placchi.

Pasqui scored 11 seconds into the match to give Italy a 1-0 lead. She ran past defender Kate Sobrero, controlled a pass from Patrizia Panico and shot past Mullinix.

An own goal by Italy defender Manuela Tesse tied it in the 36th minute. Tesse kicked the ball into her net while it was in the air after American Abby Wambach played it off of her chest.

Shannon MacMillan scored in the 60th minute directly from a free kick to put the United States ahead 2-1.

Mia Hamm sat out, resting because of injuries suffered at the World Cup, as did Cat Reddick, who returned to classes at North Carolina.

— STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS


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