April 4, 2015
Chalupny scores in USWNT win in front of record crowd
ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Women's National Team cruised to a 4-0 victory against New Zealand in its first match on home soil this year In front of a record crowd of 35,817 fans that packed Busch Stadium.
After Megan Klingenberg put the U.S. up 1-0 early in the first half, St. Louis native Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian all scored within a five-minute span late in the second half to put the game away for the USA.
The crowd at Busch Stadium was the largest to watch a stand-alone Women's National Team home friendly. In the history of the WNT program, only two other matches drew bigger attendances for home friendlies; however, both were part of double-header events.
Klingenberg opened the scoring in the 14th minute after New Zealand cleared an Ali Krieger cross. The ball only made it to the top of the penalty area where it bounced to Klingenberg who ran onto it and blasted a first-time volley into the upper left corner.
St. Louis native Lori Chalupny made it 2-0 in the 76th minute. After a short corner, Megan Rapinoe took the ball in from the right and laid a pass back to Chalupny who curled a shot from 16 yards out into the far left corner of the New Zealand net.
Two minutes later, from a free kick on the left side, Lauren Holiday looped in a ball that Johnston met with a powerful header from the center of the New Zealand penalty area. Her shot left New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Naylor no chance as it sailed in just below the cross bar for her second-career goal.
Brian helped create a New Zealand turnover in midfield. The ball ended up on the foot of Sydney Leroux whose well-weighted through ball found Brian, who had continued her run, and she finished into the lower-left corner to provide the final margin of victory.
Amy Rodriguez came close to another goal for the U.S. in the 14th minute. After receiving a throw in, she took a half-turn before firing off a quick volley from just inside the box. Nayler jumped and pushed the shot up and off the cross bar.
Two minutes later, Christen Press received a pass from the left and cut past a defender to the middle where she blasted a shot that Nayler jumped for and just reached, tipping it over the cross bar for her second save of the match.
Nayler came up with another big save in the 61st minute, sprawling to stop a shot from Rapinoe.
Hope Solo earned her 167th cap and made her 161st-career start (the most for a WNT goalkeeper, surpassing Briana Scurry's 159 starts [from 1994-2008]), while not having to make a save.