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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Kai scores as U.S. wins, 1-0

Advertiser Staff

Natasha Kai

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Former University of Hawai'i soccer standout Natasha Kai scored the lone goal in the United States' 1-0 win over Japan yesterday in the second game of a two-game tour of Japan.

Kai scored in the 65th minute on an assist from Kristine Lilly, who chipped the ball to Kai at the far post. Kai headed the ball in from 4 yards. It was Kai's third career international goal in her fifth career match.

"I connected with (Lilly's) eyes and I knew the ball was coming," Kai said on ussoccer.com. "I just had to beat my defender to it."

Kai entered the game in the 55th minute.

"It means a lot to the team to come off the bench and get a goal so I was proud to come in and do that," Kai said. "I knew it was 0-0 and we were taking out the tired players that played 90 minutes in the first game so I knew I needed to step up."

Team USA resumes its Residency Training Camp on Friday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., according to ussoccer.com.