Day 2 of the Four Nations Tournament in China made for a couple of surprises. China, who lost a 2-0 lead to Canada on the first day, defeated Sweden on day 2 by one goal. And the USA, who lost to Sweden on day 1 defeated a strong Canadian team by a score of 2-1.
Sweden took an early lead in the 18th minute of play against China. Johanna Oqvist scored the goal. Ten minutes before the half ended, You Jia equalized the game with her 3rd goal of the tournament. It was her again who scored the game winner in the second half to give China the win. Jia leads the tournament with four goals.
US head coach Pia Sundhage made some changes to the starting lineup giving three players their first starts, and Meghan Kilngenberg’s first appearance, but it was the players off the bench that made the difference on the scoreboard.
The first goal of the match came in the 54th minute when Kelley O’Hara made a run down the left side of the field. She crossed the ball to Lindsay Tarpley in the box, who played it off to Lauren Cheney who’s shot went over Karina LeBlanc and into the goal.
Two minutes later, Canada tied the game. Kaylyn Kyle played a ball to Melissa Tancredi who got behind the US defense to drill a shot from 16 yards out.
Finally, in the 70th minute, Cheney returned the favor as she beat LeBlanc to the ball and passed it to Tarpley who finished it off for the game-winner.
All four teams in the tournament are tied with one loss and one win each. It all comes down to the third and final day of the tournament on Tuesday. Check back to see who takes the title.
Meanwhile watch highlights from 3 of the 4 games played so far: