U.S. Team Clinches Peace Queen Cup

Saturday, November 4th 2006, 6:02 am
By: News On 6

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Kristine Lilly scored in the 68th minute to give United States a 1-0 victory over Canada on Saturday to clinch the Peace Queen Cup.

Lilly, the team's captain, scored with a curling, rising drive from 15 yards after sidestepping a defender on the edge of the area. It was her 116th career goal.

Lilly picked up a red card in Thursday's win over the Netherlands, but still played in the final because there are no suspensions in this friendly tournament. She also scored in an earlier tie with Denmark.

Canada, semifinalists in the 2003 World Cup, beat world No. 4 Brazil, Italy and host South Korea to top Group A in the eight-team event.

The Americans' campaign was only marred by a 1-1 draw with Denmark as they went on to beat Asian Cup runners-up Australia and the Netherlands to top Group B.

The tournament is a tuneup ahead of regional qualifiers for the 2007 World Cup in China.