April 6, 2014
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
Holiday, Rapinoe score in 2-0 USWNT win over China
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off a direct free kick as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The winning margin could have been much higher as the USA finished with a 25-1 advantage in shots and put 12 on goal, several of which were cleared out of the goal mouth by defenders. Goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jill Loyden combined for the clean sheet with Loyden making the one save in the second half.
The USA was rewarded for its heavy attacking advantage when Sydney Leroux pressured China goalkeeper Zhang Yue into scrambling to clear the ball out of the six-yard box in the 39th minute of the first half. China's defense was on its heels, and Holiday ran onto a blocked cross to fire a low blast from 19 yards out that found the left side of the net. It was her 23rd international goal.
Rapinoe's unassisted goal came from approximately 28 yards out, Her free kick from the left side of the penalty area eluded a pack of players in the middle of the penalty area, bounced on the edge of the six-yard box and snuck into the right side of the net to give the USA a two-goal cushion in the 78th minute. It was Rapinoe's second goal of the year and 25th of her career.
With the victory the USA added to its record home unbeaten streak which is now at 81 games. The U.S. WNT is 71-0-10 during the streak which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
The USA is 5-2-1 in 2014, 31-8-12 all-time against China, and is now 18-2-4 under head coach Tom Sermanni.
The U.S. WNT wraps up its two-game series with China PR on Thursday, April 10, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.