September 13, 2014
ROUT AT RIO TINTO
US Women roll over Mexico 8-0
SANDY, Utah— Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted on three others and Abby Wambach also scored two goals as the U.S. Women’s National team rolled over Mexico 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday.
|Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted on three others in the USA's 8-0 win over Mexico.
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Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shutout mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.
The U.S. got a gift in the 11th minute when Morgan's lead pass toward Wambach was intercepted by Alina Garciamendez, but her attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line.
Wambach made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach's left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Santiago.
Morgan scored her first in the 36th minute when Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net.
The USA kept its foot on the gas and made it 3-0 in the 41st minute as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year.
Ten minutes into the second half, Morgan added her second of the game. A quick passing sequence found Christen Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring.
The USA made it 4-0 in the 58th minute off a set piece. Off of Megan Rapinoe's corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career.
Second-half sub Sydeny Leroux, the team's leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance in the 71st minute. Lauren Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box.
In the 75th minute, Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico's defense deflected Morgan's first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found Heather O'Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring.
The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN).