AKUREYRI, ICELAND – Rutgers rising senior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) scored the final goal as the U.S. Under-21 Women’s Soccer National Team defeated Sweden 3-0 in the 2004 Nordic Cup title match July 29 in Akureyri, Iceland. The Nordic Cup, held every summer in Northern Europe, is considered the top international competition for the U-21 age group.
The Americans won all four of their matches by identical 3-0 scores (Finland July 23, Norway July 25, Germany July 27 and Sweden July 29) to capture their sixth consecutive Nordic Cup. Lloyd, who was playing in her third straight Nordic Cup and started every match of this year’s tournament, contributed a total of five points (goals against the Finns and Swedes, assist against the Germans).
The Nordic Cup performance capped a very successful spring with the U-21s for Lloyd, who attended six training sessions with the National Team this spring. 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.