June 27, 2011
Mexico, England play to draw
By SPORTS NETWORK
WOLFSBURG, Germany -- A fantastic goal from Monica Ocampo in the first half helped Mexico earn its first-ever point at the Women's World Cup after a 1-1 draw with England on Monday in Group B play.
Fara Williams headed England in front after 21 minutes, but Ocampo leveled the match 12 minutes later with a wonderful strike from 30 yards that left England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley with no chance.
Mexico will now look to build on this result when El Tri takes on Japan on Friday, with the Japanese going to the top of Group B with a 2-1 win over New Zealand on Monday.
England will attempt to rebound against the Kiwis in its next match, also on Friday.
The first 20 minutes saw Mexico frustrate England with a good defensive system, only for Hope Powell's team to move in front from a corner kick.
Karen Carney delivered the cross and Williams turned a looping header on target from 15 yards that sailed over the head of Mexico's 16-year-old goalkeeper, Cecilia Santiago.
But without offering up much of a threat over the first half hour, Mexico snatched a stunning equalizer in the 33rd minute when Dinora Garza laid a ball off to Ocampo, who took a touch and lashed a shot into upper-left corner of the net from 30 yards.
Eniola Aluko went close just a few minutes later for England, while Mexico's Maribel Dominguez just about shaved the outside of the post early in the second half.
Both teams had a late free kick chance to steal three points, but England's Kelly Smith and Ocampo for Mexico both saw their efforts sail over the crossbar.