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Wilkinson Scores,Leads NZ 1-1 Draw vs. USA

Oct. 30, 2013



New Zealand's Hannah Wilkinson, center, scores past the United States' Hope Solo, left, and Rachel Buehler during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The game ended in 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tennessee junior Hannah Wilkinson scored a goal for New Zealand in the 87th minute to give the Kiwis an impressive 1-1 draw against the U.S. Women's National Team on Wednesday at Columbus Crew Stadium.

With New Zealand down, 1-0, Wilkinson dribbled into 18 and ripped a shot into the corner of the goal past a diving Hope Solo, who had denied the Kiwi on two near-goals earlier in the match.

"This means quite a lot," Wilkinson said to reporters after the match. "It's awesome. Facing the U.S. is always such a challenge. They're the best in the world. To draw a point against them is amazing. I couldn't be more proud of my team today."

The goal was Wilkinson's second score in four days against the top-ranked U.S. squad. On Sunday, she scored in the 54th minute of the Americans' 4-1 win over New Zealand at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in the first part of their two-match friendly series.

Team USA had a 1-0 lead at the half after Sydney Leroux headed in a goal off a cross from Kristie Mewis in the 43rd minute.

The U.S. had 12 shots to New Zealand's four and had seven corner kicks to the Kiwis' four.

Wilkinson now has 47 caps and 17 goals in her career with the Football Ferns.

 

 

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