October 27, 2013
KICKING THE KIWIS
U.S. Women roll past New Zealand 4-1
SAN FRANCISCO – Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Heather O'Reilly each scored as the United States Women’s National Team defeated New Zealand 4-1 in front of 16,315 fans in the first-ever women's sporting event at Candlestick Park.
|Carli Lloyd moved into ninth place on the U.S. Women’s National Team all-time scoring list.
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Lloyd moved into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list.
Rapinoe, making her first appearance since the USA's 5-0 win against the Korea Republic on June 20, after returning from playing in France earlier this week, earned a foul when she was chopped down about 23 yards out above the left side of the penalty area. She drove the ball over New Zealand's four-woman wall and just inside the near left post.
Lloyd doubled the lead in the 12th minute when she intercepted the ball from New Zealand's defense, powered her dribble into the right side of the penalty area and blasted her shot past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler at the near post. Lloyd's third goal of the year was the 46th in her career and she passed Julie Foudy (45 goals) on the all-time scoring list.
Four minutes before halftime, the U.S. made it 3-0 as Press and O'Reilly played a give-and-go at the top of the penalty area. The ball was poked away from O'Reilly in the box, but it rolled right to press, who hit a well-placed shot to the lower left corner of the goal. It was her eighth score in 11 appearances, all coming this year.
U.S. goalkeepers Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart split time in the net. Solo made two saves in 45 minutes of shutout work, most notably stuffing a Hannah Wilkinson shot at the left post in the 34th minute.
Wilkinson, junior at Tennessee, got New Zealand on the score sheet in the 54th minute to end the USA's shutout streak at 387 minutes and cut the U.S. lead to 3-1. Barnhart stopped Wilkinson's initial shot with nice kick save, but Wilkinson was on top of the rebound and struck the ball into the left side of the goal from eight yards out.
In the waning moments of the match, O'Reilly scored her first goal of 2013 and the 37th of her career to complete the 4-1 score line. Press found O'Reilly in the right corner the box and she evaded a defender before hitting a beautiful curling left-footed strike that found the inside of the far left post.
With the victory, the USA improved to 12-0-2 in 2013, with the draws coming against European champion Germany and Sweden.