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Associated Press Saturday, May 22, 1999; 10:15 p.m. EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. – Lake Braddock High School graduate Mia Hamm entered the international record book Saturday night as four of her
teammates helped set up her 108th career goal in the United States' 3-0 victory over Brazil.
Hamm's goal, which took place during injury time at the end of the first half, moved her out of a tie with retired Elisabetta Vignotto of Italy.
By comparison, international superstar Pele scored 77 in his career.
Orlando native Michelle Akers began the series with a pass to Hamm, who sent it to Kristin Lilly, who passed to Cindy Parlow. Parlow made the final one-touch back to Hamm, who had beaten
Brazilian defender Elane on the right side. Hamm fired a shot behind goalie Didi to give the United States the lead.
Team captain Carla Overbeck scooped the ball out of the goal and presented it to Hamm, already surrounded by her teammates. ``It was special to set the record on such a great goal,'' said Hamm, 27, who played in her 172nd game with the U.S. national team.
Earlier, Hamm had a golden opportunity slip away when she intercepted a Brazilian pass back to goal, but her wide-open shot was turned away during the game played at the Florida Citrus Bowl before a crowd of 10,452. Lilly put the United States ahead 2-0 in in the 72nd minute off a corner
kick from Tiffeny Milbrett, who added a goal 15 minutes later. A second ball was thrown on the field when Milbrett was receiving a cross from Lilly, distracting some Brazilian defenders. The referee threw the second ball off as play continued, and the United States scored
seconds later. A Brazilan player was ejected after shoving an official.
The United States improved to 13-2-1 this season with its fifth straight victory in a nine-game tour leading up to its Women's World Cup opener June 19.
Goalkeeper Brianna Scurry registered 10 saves.
Brazil, the first team to arrive in the United States in preparation for the Women's World Cup, threatened often in the first half. Its best opportunity came in the 31st minute, when Nene fired a shot from
the right side that bounced off the left post. Katia tried to put in the ricochet, but was stuffed by Scurry, who made the save sitting down.
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