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Matildas' Heather Garriock youngest to 100 caps


Heather Garriock
Youngest to 100 ... Matildas' ace Heather Garriock.
By Tom Smithies
Matilda’s midfielder Heather Garriock is set to become the youngest Australian soccer player, man or woman, to reach 100 caps in today’s friendly with the all-powerful USA.

The 25-year-old said that while it was a great honour, the milestone was the furthest thing from her mind going into the clash in Cary, North Carolina.

“I haven’t really thought about the 100th cap,” said Garriock, who will join teammates Cheryl Salisbury and Joanne Peters and retired defender Anissa Tann, in the century club.

“I’m more focused on creating history by beating the Yanks to be honest.”

The Matildas have never beaten the Americans in 18 encounters, losing 16 times.

There have, however, been two draws in the past three meetings between the two nations.

Australia will be using the match as a tune-up for the Asian Cup in Vietnam from May 28 to June 8, having failed to qualify for the Olympics.

With thanks

24th April 2008

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