The story of the game: target practice.
Finland didn’t get in its first shot in until the 80th minute; the U.S. ended up with 38 shots to Finland’s two and neither of those hit the target.
Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly got the two U.S. goals in the second half.
Both were well-worked pieces up the right wing, but the Finnish defense was largely snoozing this evening.
Still, it took a half hour into the game before the U.S. broke down the Finns, which as Coach Greg Ryan observed played a 4-5-1 and kept 10 players behind the ball for most of the first half.
Boxxy gave reporters the most alarming news of the game: “I think I broke my toe,” Boxx said Wambach told her as she left the field. She’s getting an X-ray at a local hospital and we won’t know more for a while.
Ryan said that Boxx, who was playing in front of about 30 family and friends who were among the crowd of just 7,118 appeared back to her old self after her serious knee injury.
“She looked like a forward tonight, taking on players,” he said.
“It must be the home crowd or something,” Boxx said with a big smile, adding that she loves playing in the South Bay. “I’m not considered a goal scorer, but here I get up for scoring goals.”