DALVIK, ICELAND -- Rutgers rising senior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) scored in the 30th minute to help lead the U.S. Under-21 Women's Soccer National Team to a 3-0 victory against Finland in the first round of the Nordic Cup July 23 in Dalvik, Iceland.
The Americans took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a converted penalty kick in the seventh minute, then scored again in the 18th minute. Lloyd, who started the match, received a pass in the 30th minute, which she dribbled right across the top of the penalty area and buried to the lower left corner for the third and final goal.
The United States, which was placed in Group B, will finish pool play with matches against Norway (July 25 in Olafsfjordur) and Germany (July 27 in Dalvik). Group A for the Nordic Cup consists of Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and England. The top finisher from each group will advance to the championship match, and the third-place, fifth-place and seventh-place matches also will be contested on July 29.
This will mark Lloyd’s third consecutive appearance at the Nordic Cup, considered the top international competition for the under-21 age group. The U.S has been dominant at the competition, as the American U-21 National Team has won six of the last seven Nordic Cup titles, including each of the last five tournaments. Although she is 21 years old, Lloyd can still compete for the U-21 Team, as each country is allowed to field up to four “overage” players.
Lloyd has had a very successful spring with the U-21s, attending six previous camps, and this marks her third consecutive year training with the national program. During the April Under-21 Camp, the U-21s played the full National Team twice, and Lloyd was a factor in both matches. She scored the U-21’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss, then helped set up a score in a 1-1 tie. Lloyd also went to China March 17-29 with the Under-21 National Team for a three-match trip, and she had a goal and an assist as the U.S. defeated the full Chinese National Team 2-0 March 28 in Jiangsu. Lloyd scored the first goal in the 18th minute, then assisted on the second goal just two minutes later as the Americans defeated the world’s fifth-ranked team in front of 10,000 fans. The U.S. also defeated Shanghai SVA, one of the top club teams in the country,
4-0 March 21. Lloyd started the match and scored the fourth U.S. goal in the 58th minute.
Lloyd also trained with the full National Team this spring, attending training sessions April 21, May 11-15 and May 24-June 4.
Lloyd led RU with 28 points (13 G, 2 A) last fall, earning third-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) and Soccerbuzz. A first-team all-BIG EAST Conference selection for the third consecutive year, she received a spot on both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic Region All-First Teams.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team (10-7-5, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) advanced to the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.