Tuesday, September 23, 2008

She's Done It!

After 192 scoreless games for the U.S. Women's National Team, three Women's World Cup tournaments and three Olympic Games, Kate Markgarf finally got her first-ever international goal in the 31st minute of her 193rd cap. The players had decided before the three-game series against Ireland that if they got a penalty kick, they wanted Markgraf to take it. At first, when Natasha Kai was chopped down in the box, the U.S. co-captain was hesitant, but a quick word from co-captain Christie Rampne (basically, "you gotta take it") sent her to the penalty spot. Markgraf, with ice-water in her veins, cooly deposited the ball in the lower left corner by talented and six-foot Irish goalkeeper Emma Byrne. Mia Hamm would have been proud of the finish. So ends the longest streak in U.S. history of games without a goal, a record Markgraf is likely to hold, well, forever. But now, she is not the only player field player of note that has never scored a goal. She has erased the goose-egg and her caps/goals reads 193/1...and that's pretty cool. So, Stephanie Cox (51 caps/0 goals) you're up next! By the way, please feel free to post your CONGRATULATIONS to Kate on her first-ever goal. It was defnitely one of the best moments of the three-game tour.

17 comments:

Meghan said...

Congrats Kate!! I am a huge fan of your and I am so glad you got your first goal!! Now on to many more I hope!!!!

Meghan said...

Congratulations Kate! I am a huge fan of yours and I am so happy you got your first goal!! Good luck the rest of the tour and maybe another goal!!!!

Meegs said...

Congrats Kate! Question... is soccer like football where you get to keep the actual ball you scored with? I bet that would look neat in a trophy case.

jackie said...

Hey Congrats Kate keep em' coming! Good luck all the players with their WPS teams! :)

Shannon said...

Congratulations Kate! I've been a fan of yours for the past 10 years! That was a great goal!

alondra said...

Congratulations Kate on scoring your first goal. it's about time you scored! That was a nice penalty kick.
It's really cool that I got to watch it.
good luck with the rest of the tour, hopefully you score another one cause I loved the reaction after you scored. :)

Katie said...

Great job Kate!!!!!
Good Luck in your next games & score some more goals!!!

erica13 said...

Congrats Kate! It's so awesome that you got one after all these years! I still thought you were amazing when you didn't have any! keep em coming!

Impedient said...

Congrats Kate on the goal! Definitely good to see defenders scoring, even if it's a penalty!

Damery World said...

Awesome! Kat, I only wish I could have seen the game. Keep up the great work. Hard work always pays off...

Zar000000 said...

KAAAAAAAATTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WOO HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Emily(LOVES US SOCCER) said...

congrats kate!!!! =]] your awesome!! keep up the amazing work! :D

Mona said...

AHH KATEE!!! i didnt se your goal on the internet til like 5 days ago (aka a week) but like WOAHHH!!! CRAZI NESS IN THE HOUSEE =]

CONGRATUALTIONS!!!!!

i screamed when i saw it happen...on youtube. hehe.
ahhh it was awesome! i hope you know that =]

mona<33

yanet said...

Congrats Kate !!!!!!

JT said...

You were due.

Agatasoccerchick said...

Congratulations Kate! You have done an amazing job, good luck in the rest of archieve your gold matches

Frogli said...

thank you kate! center backs ought to score goals!
and that's the way you've got to shoot them... keep them low and on your left side... that's most likely the keepers weak point...