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By Al Chase

Thursday, November 16, 2000



U.S. advances
to final phase
of qualifying

FIVE teams remain with one more to be decided for the final phase of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region for the 2002 men's World Cup .

The United States advanced with a 4-0 win at Barbados yesterday, but didn't have it easy in the first round.

Injuries and the knack of drawing yellow and red cards followed by suspensions made the task tougher for the Americans than it should have been.

They now join Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and either Costa Rica or Guatemala in the second phase next year. The top three advance to the World Cup.

Costa Rica and Guatemala tied for second in their pool behind the U.S. and will have a playoff to determine who advances.

The U.S. has shut out its last five opponents, a first, and will take a 16-match home unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifying play into the next round.

The Americans have not lost at home in World Cup qualifying since a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica, May 31, 1985.

In fact, since qualifying for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina began in 1976, that loss to Costa Rica is the only blemish on the USA's home record.

The United States has lost five qualifying matches since the 1982 World Cup. All five defeats are at the hands of the Ticos from Costa Rica.

Tapa

No. 2 seed Washington beat Big Sky Conference winner Montana, 5-0, Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Division I women's tournament.

Huskies head coach Leslie Gallimore credited the bench, which includes junior striker Erin Otagaki (Punahou), with making the difference.

The Huskies (18-2-0) play the University of Portland (16-3) in a third-round match Sunday.

Crissy Marti, a sophomore midfielder/striker from Kapaa High School, has played in 13 matches for the Pilots. She has two goals and two assists.

Tapa

Kyle Fukuchi (Mililani), a sophomore midfielder, scored his first career goal in the Washington Huskies' 3-0 win over Oregon State, Nov. 5.

The 13th-ranked Huskies (13-5-0), Pac-10 co-champions, host the University of Alabama-Birmingham (14-4-2), Conference USA runner-up, in an NCAA Division I men's first-round match tomorrow

Tapa

Last weekend, Linfield College advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament.

Shanon Hopkins (Hilo), who missed the victories over Claremont (4-0) and Gustavuas Adolphus (4-2) in the West Regional with a badly bruised left ankle, won't make the trip East this week when the No. 4-ranked Wildcats (20-0-1) play No. 1 Ohio Wesleyan Bishops (23-0-0).

Tapa

David Gualdarama, Allison Lipsher and Romy Trigg-Smith will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday break playing for their Olympic Development Program West Regional teams in Florida.

Gualdarama, a freshman defender at Kamehameha, heads to Cocoa Beach for the Under-14 Inter-Regional tournament.

Lipsher, a freshman goalkeeper at Punahou, goes to Boca Raton for the Under-14 tournament.

Trigg-Smith, a junior midfielder at Punahou, will be at Ft. Lauderdale with the West Under-16 squad.

They will train for a couple of days, then compete against the other three regional teams.

Tapa

Three Hawaii referees, Mike Wong, Tony Gomes and Bruce Ellis, worked mainland collegiate matches this season.





Al Chase has been covering sports in Hawaii
since 1968. His column appears on Thursdays.
From the local ranks to the World Cup,
Al Chase will help keep you up to date on futbol.
Email Al: achase@starbulletin.com



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