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August 20, 2014
Four score for USWNT in pk filled game

CARY, NC---The U.S. Women’s National team got goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach in a 4-1 win over Switzerland played in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park Wednesday.

Three of the U.S. goals came in the second half, with Lloyd's 56th-minute penalty kick serving as the game-winner, and Wambach's second-half PK pushing her record goal scoring total to 168.

The U.S. opened the scoring in just the third minute when Rapinoe moved the ball out to Sydney Leroux on the left side. Leroux cut to her right and played the ball back to Rapinoe about 10 yards above the box. Rapinoe fired with her left from about 22 yards out. It took a slight deflection off Switzerland's Rahel Kiwic and slipped inside the right side of the goal.

Lloyd's game winner came after Rapinoe’s cross from the left side of the box hit the hand of Switzerland's Fabienne Humm. Lloyd put her left footed shot into the left of the frame as Swiss goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann went the other way.

The Swiss got a goal back on a penalty kick of their own in the 70th minute. This time it was a cross by Ramona Bachmann that hit the arm of Rapinoe. Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic put her sht to the left of Hope Solo who was leaning the other way. The goal stopped Solo’s chance of breaking Brianna Scurry’s all-time shutout record of 71.

The game opened up in the 77th minute when Press made it 3-1. Christie Rampone played a free kickin to the box that was poorly cleared. From 25 yards out, Press chest-trapped the short clearance and fired a right-footed shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the end line as Thalmann could only watch.

Wambach scored her record 168th career goal in the 90th minute after she was shoved in the box by Nicole Remund. Wambach’s right footed shot went off the gloves of Thalmann and into the net.

The U.S. goal total could have been far greater if not for Thalmann who made seven first-half saves as the USA pelted the Swiss goal with eight shots - all of them on frame.
Thalman made a big stop in the 20th minute when Solo punted a ball deep into the other end of the field. Press had a step on the Swiss backline and Thalmann rushed off her line and outside the box to head the ball away before Press could get to it.

Thalmann made back to back saves in the 39th and 40th minutes. First, it was an Alex Morgan left-footed shot from the left side of the box that was headed toward the inside of the far right post, but Thalmann dove to her left for the save. Then, Lauren Holiday took a crack from just outside the top of the box, and again Thalmann made a diving save at the near right post.

Just 12 seconds into the second half, the Swiss goalkeeper made a swatting save at a shot from outside the box by Lloyd.

The U.S. has two more matches currently scheduled before World Cup qualifying begins in October, both against Mexico. The first is on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT), followed by a Sept. 18 match at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

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