Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Let's Hear it for the Kid!

How's this for an amazing scenario: The USA will play a two-game series against Canada, and in the first match a player will score her 100th career goal and in the second a player will score her first? And the two players who were a part of that 100th goal, will also play a part in the first goal. And both goals will come late in games and be game-winners? Pretty amazing story, huh? And it's true! After Abby Wambach dramatically won the USA-Canada match on July 19 in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., with a 79th minute goal assisted by Lauren Cheney, 18-year-old Christine Nairn scored her first-ever goal for the senior WNT tonight in the 89th minute to defeat Canada again by a 1-0 score. The goal came after head flicks from Wambach and Cheney. Nairn now becomes one of the rare players to score a goal for the full National Team before ever playing a college game (Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Heather O'Reilly being a few more that we can think of off hand). Nairn, a veteran of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile will likely be a key member of the U.S. squad that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. She will play her freshman season at Penn State in the fall. So congrats to Christine and to the rest of the team for pulling out two dramatic wins over a tough Canadian side. The WNT Blog now takes another break, although we might be back for a post or two here and there, until the U.S. team gets back together in late September for a training camp. For now, it's back to their WPS teams and the quest for a playoff spot. As always thanks for following the WNT Blog. Your patronage is appreciated. Blog out from Charleston, S.C.


Zar000000 said...

Go Nairn!

...and thanks for the postings Blog-folks

Kat said...

thanks so much wnt blog for keeping us posted! gonna miss the wnt and this blog. can't wait for september...

eagle#18 said...

funky goal Naien scored. it'll go down as one of the most bizarre, no doubt lol.
and it makes it even cooler that it was her first.
Congrats to her, now she doesn't have to worry about her first goal (thanks Erin ;-)), it's almost like abby scoring her 100th-it's done and over with!

thanks for blogging, cant wait for the next ones..


PeeKay said...

I wish they showed every angle, if you look at the replay, it looked like the goalie was across the line with the entire ball when she batted it out to Christine. And her face, after everyone ran to her looked like the cat that ate the canary...maybe it was Lauren's goal and she is just that nice!!!