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HANGZHOU, China (January 14, 2001 12:03 p.m. EST)

The U.S. women's soccer team received outstanding goalkeeping from Hope Solo on Sunday, playing China to a 1-1 tie in an exhibition game in nearly freezing weather.

Jennifer Lalor scored for the United States in the 17th minute and Fan Yunjie evened the score with a header four minutes later.

The game featured younger players for both teams and was played before a crowd of about 30,000 in the new Dragon Sports Center Stadium.

Solo made several spectacular saves. One came on a dive in the 57th minute with her body fully extended, turning away a hard shot by Chinese striker Bai Jie.

"Our players love to play China and love to play in this kind of an environment," U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. "It makes us play quicker and in the end, makes us better."

The Americans opened the scoring when Tiffeny Milbrett passed to Lalor, who was trailing the play. Lalor sent a spinning shot from just outside the penalty box past goalkeeper Han Wenxia.

It was just the second career goal for Lalor, who was a member of the 1995 World Cup team. But before this trip she had not played for the national team since.

For scoring the first goal in the new stadium, Lalor received a prize of $1,250 from the local organizers.

Lalor and Milbrett will play together for the New York Power in the WUSA this year.

The Chinese responded quickly to the U.S. goal. They had a free kick from just outside the penalty box on the right side and played a bending ball over the wall. Fan, a defender who will play for the San Diego Spirit in the WUSA, got inside position and sent a header into the upper left corner.

The United States showed more flair on attack than it did in a 1-0 loss to China on Friday.

"Many of players had never seen China other than on TV," Heinrichs said. "And, in that respect, it was important for these players to get a feel for the pressure, rivalry and crowd noise of a U.S.-China game."
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