by Matt Christopher
On July 10, 1999, at the end of ninety minutes of regulation play plus two fifteen-minute overtime periods, Briana Scurry faced the greatest challenge of her soccer career. As goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s national team, she would be squaring off against China’s five best penalty kickers in a shootout to determine the winner of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. The pressure was enormous–but Briana Scurry thrives on pressure, which is one reason she’s been called the best goalkeeper in the world. Since 1994, she has proven again and again that when the heat’s on, she’ll stay cool. And that’s just what she did that steamy July day…..