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Solo makes key saves in U.S. win

VILA REAL SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal -- Lauren Cheney scored in the 61st minute and Hope Solo, far right, saved two penalties as the United States beat Iceland 2-0 on Wednesday in the opening round of the women's Algarve Cup in Vila Real Santo Antonio, Portugal.

The result put the Americans on top of Group B after the other two teams in the group, Sweden and Norway, had a 2-2 draw.

The U.S., a six-time Algarve champion, struggled to take control of the game but Solo made penalty saves after 12 minutes and in injury time, both times diving to her right.

"I think Hope is the best," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said.

Solo, a Richland native, said she had never saved two penalties in one match. "I was more doubtful about the second one," she said.

The U.S., which has won the title in southern Portugal six times in the past nine years, meets Norway in the second batch of round-robin games on Friday.

In Group C, featuring teams not competing for the title, Portugal handled the Faeroe Islands 5-0 and Romania beat Austria 2-0.

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