October 20, 2013
US Women roll past Australia 4-0
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The U.S. Women's National Team won its sixth straight game and stayed unbeaten this year with a 4-0 victory against Australia in front of 19,109 festive fans at the Alamodome.
|Lauren Holiday's early goal was the game winner for the U.S. Women's National Team
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Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored the game's first two goals before 15 minutes were gone. After the break, the USA's all-time leading goal scoring leader Abby Wambach tallied her 162nd before 57th-minute substitute Christen Press scored her seventh goal in just 10 U.S. WNT games in second-half stoppage time.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo had five saves as she recorded her 67th shutout and first clean sheet of 2013. She is now just four behind all-time leader Briana Scurry who had 71 shutouts from 1994-2008.
The USA earned its seventh shutout this year and has out-scored its past three opponents by a 16-0 margin.
The U.S. next heads to San Francisco for the start of a two-game set against New Zealand on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Candlestick Park (kickoff at 3:30 p.m. PT). The two teams will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the second leg on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Columbus Crew Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET). Both games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.
For the first time in his tenure, U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni went up against an Australia side that he coached during two different stints over an 11-year span. In 24 all-time meetings, the USA has never lost to Australia (22-0-2; 12-0-1 at home) and that streak was never in jeopardy.
The USA's first two tallies both came off superb volleys. In the sixth minute, Becky Sauerbrunn took the free kick from near the right sideline. Australia headed the ball high into the air, but not far enough out of their defensive zone. The ball fell to Holiday and she made perfect contact from just inside the penalty box. Holiday's strike clipped and Australian defender and took a deflection into the right side of the net for the opening goal.
In the 14th minute, the U.S. added to its lead when North Carolina senior Crystal Dunn pressed the attack up the right side. The ball found forward Alex Morgan, who slipped a pass on the ground across the top of the penalty area. An Australian defender partially deflected the pass, but it bounced twice perfectly to Lloyd who sizzled a left-footed shot into the right side of the net for the 2-0 lead.
With the goal, Lloyd tied National Soccer Hall of Famer Julie Foudy (45 goals from 1988-2004) for ninth place on the USA's all-time scoring list.
Wambach's goal came after Lloyd chipped a cross with that landed right in the path of Wambach at the left post. Wambach was able to reach the pass before Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams could rush off her line to disrupt, and the USA's 5-foot-11 forward redirected the ball with the outside of her right foot, rolling her shot into the lower right corner for a 3-0 lead in the 56th minute.
Press, who arrived into U.S. training camp just two days ago after finishing her season in Sweden where she was the league's leading scorer, got into the scoring act with just seconds left in the match. Heather O'Reilly tore down the left side and rolled a cross into the penalty box that Morgan astutely dummied. The ball skipped through perfectly to Press who found the upper right corner with the outside of her right foot to complete the scoring.
Australia did have its chances, almost all through speedy forward Lisa De Vanna, who was a serious threat in the first 45 minutes. Solo turned away four shots in the first half, with three of them coming off the foot of the Sky Blue FC striker. De Vanna had a breakaway in the second minute and her left-footed shot deflected off of Solo's glove, clipped the crossbar and went out of play. Solo also made a diving save to her left against De Vanna in the 20th minute and a quick reaction save with her left foot in the