DALVIK, ICELAND -- Rutgers rising senior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) and the U.S. Under-21 Women's Soccer National Team racked up a third consecutive 3-0 victory at the Nordic Cup, this time defeating Germany July 27 in Dalvik, Iceland.
The Americans, the winners of Group B, will face Group A winner Sweden in the Nordic Cup championship match July 29. The U.S. has won the last five Nordic Cups, the top international competition for the U-21 age group, and the American U-21 National Team has won six of the last seven Nordic Cup titles overall.
Lloyd had one of the three excellent goal-scoring chances of the first half, but the German goalkeeper and 40 mile-per-hour winds conspired to keep the match scoreless at halftime. The U.S. got on the board in the 56th minute, then again nine minutes later when Sarah Huffman knocked in the rebound of a Lloyd shot. The U.S. got its final goal in the 78th minute, adding the 3-0 victory to previous pool-play triumphs against Finland (July 23) and Norway (July 25). Lloyd, who has started every match, now has three points for the tournament, adding her assist against the Germans to her goal against the Finns.
This marks Lloyd’s third consecutive appearance at the Nordic Cup. 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.