February 8, 2014
By Norb Ecksl
Lloyd and Press score twice in 7-0 USWNT win
Sunshine Soccer News Editor
BOCA RATON, Fla.---Carli Lloyd had two goals and an assist, Christen Press had two second half goals and Heather O’Reilly added a goal and an assist to lead the US Women’s National Team to a 7-0 win over Russia in front of 8,857 fans at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Saturday afternoon.
|Carli Lloyd had two goals and an assist in the USA's 7-0 rout over Russia.
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Hope Solo registered the shutout facing 3 total shots. The crowd cheered every time Solo touched the ball. The US outshot the Russians 32-3 in the match.
The US had their first chance in the fifth minute when no less than five players had a chance at a loose ball in the 6-yard box, but Russian goalkeeper Elvira Todua gobbled up the ball to keep the match scoreless.
Press had a chance to open the scoring for the US in the 16th minute with a hard shot from 16 yards out that flew over the crossbar.
O’Reilly was warming up to the task with a blast from 14 yards out that was saved by Todua.
After playing most of the first half in their own half of the field, the Russians had their first scoring chance in the 21st minute when a Nelli Korovkina shot was stopped by Solo at the near post, just off goal.
The Russians first corner kick came in the 25th minute and was cleared by Christie Rampone.
The floodgates finally opened for the US when O’Reilly found Lloyd breaking toward the net. Lloyd’s shot found the net in the 29th minute to make it, 1-0.
O’Reilly widened the US lead in the 32nd minute when she found a loose ball in the penalty area and struck a left-footed shot from 12 yards out into the net to make it, 2-0.
Lloyd ended the first half scoring onslaught in the 37th minute. Stephanie Cox flicked the ball in to Lloyd who shot from 20 yards out to make it 3-0.
Sydney LeRoux sent a hard shot from 16 yards out that hit the crossbar in the 45th minute. The US outshot the Russians 13-2 in the first half.
The US started on offense quickly at the beginning of the second half. Lloyd sent a short cross to Press in the 51st minute that Press steered into the net to make it 4-0.
Just two minutes later LeRoux found the net on a pass from Lauren Holiday to make it 5-0 in the 53rd minute.
In the 58th minute Ali Krieger’s shot rebounded off of Todua and Press sent the ball into an open net to make it, 6-0.
Coach Tom Sermanni sent Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez into the match in the 59th minute.
And in the 65th minute University of Florida favorite Erika Tymrak from Bradenton was sent into a midfield spot in front of many of her hometown fans that made the trek across the state.
Wambach only took eight minutes to get on the scoreboard when a short pass from Rodriguez sent her in toward goal. It was Wambach’s 164th career goal and made it, 7-0 in the 67th minute.
Russian defender Valentino Orlova was given a Red Card for a dangerous tackle in the 68th minute.
In the 85th minute Wambach tried to put the icing on the cake with a bicycle kick from eight yards out, but it sailed over the crossbar.
The USWNT faces the Russians on Wednesday, February 12th at Atlanta, Georgia in the second match of the series.