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October 17, 2014
U.S. Women dominate in 5-0 win

By Kathryn L. Knapp
Chicagoland Soccer News Contributing Editor

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Ė The U.S. Women didnít waste any time Friday night finding the back of the net. And once they started scoring, they didnít finish until they earned a 5-0 win over Guatemala at Toyota Park.

Tobin Heath scored two goals and Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Whitney Engen each added one as the USA takes over sole position of first place in Group 1 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a 2-0-0 record (six points).

Heath poked home a goal in the 7th minute for the 1-0 lead. But the U.S. offense was just getting started.

Rapinoe was taken down hard in the 24th minute for a USA freekick, but she sent the ball off of the Guatemalan wall. Lauren Holiday hunted it down, maintaining possession before giving it back to Rapinoe. Rapinoe then launched the ball into the box, where Alex Morgan attempted a header, but it was cleared.

Sydney Leroux headed the ball on target in the 28th minute. Guatemala goalkeeper Alicia Navas made the save. Lloyd rocketed the ball wide left in the 32nd minute. Morgan lifted the ball just over the crossbar in the 33rd minute.

A collision in the box led to Morgan being carried off the field late in the first half. Morgan was up and walking on the sidelines, but left the match with a left ankle sprain. Christen Press replaced Morgan.

Leroux fired another attempt at goal in the 41st minute. Navas smothered it for the save.

In the 45th minute, the USA almost took a 2-0 lead, when Press sent the ball into the net. But the referee ruled the goal was disallowed. Lloyd blasted an attempt on target in stoppage time. It bounced off Navas for a corner kick.

The U.S. women outshot Guatemala 8-1 in the first half, including sending four shots on target to one for Guatemala.

Under a minute into the second half, the USA took a 2-0 lead. Leroux crossed a high ball into the box, where Lloyd headed it home.

The scoring continued. In the 57th minute, Rapinoe launched a corner kick to the far side of the box. Lloyd redirected it on target and Heath backheeled it into the net for the 3-0 advantage. One minute later, Rapinoe centered a freekick into the box. Whitney Engen headed it to the left of Navas for the fourth goal of the night.

Rapinoe finally found the net herself, blasting an attempt into the net for the 5-0 lead in the 66th minute. The U.S. women continued the attack and limited Haiti to attempts to earn the convincing 5-0 win.

The U.S. women take the pitch again Monday, playing Haiti at 7:30 p.m.( ET) Monday at RFK Stadium. Guatemala opens up group play earlier in the day with a 5:00 p.m. kickoff vs. Trinidad & Tobago.

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