May 10, 2015
TWO MORE FOR ABBY
Wambach leads 3-0 USWNT win
SAN JOSE, Calif.---Abby Wambach scored two goals and Julie Johnson added another as the United States Women's National Team defeated Ireland 3-0 in front of 18,000 at Avaya Stadium Sunday.
The U.S. opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. Megan Rapinoe sent in U.S.'s tenth corner kick of the first half and an Irish defender tried to clear it over the bar. The clearance bounced off the face of the back post defender and rolled back to Press, who crossed it to Wambach to sweep into the goal.
Minutes after the first goal, Carli Lloyd took the ball to the end line on the left side, cut back and sent a cross to Wambach at the far post. Wambach leaped high to send her header into the lower right corner for her second goal of the game and her 180th in the U.S. uniform.
Johnson, who played collegiately at nearby Santa Clara University, scored her third goal of the year in the 54th minute. Lauren Holiday sent a corner kick in and Johnston beat her defender to it at the near post, taking a slight deflection to put it into the net for her third international goal, all coming in consecutive games.
The U.S. extended its current unbeaten streak in 2015 to six games, improving its overall record to 6-1-1 as they outshot Ireland 26-0, including 10-0 on goal.
While U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo had little work to do in extending her all-time shutout record to 83, Irish goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke was kept busy right from the opening kick.
In just the second minute, Amy Rodriguez brought the ball down the middle as the Irish defenders rushed back. Rodriguez ripped a long distance shot, forcing Reid-Burke to dive, just reaching the ball to tip it over the bar.
Rodriguez provided the set up in the 27th minute, delivering a pass to Press on the right side. The Chicago Red Stars midfielder settled the ball and cut past her defender before forcing the Irish goalkeeper into a diving save.
In the 41st minute, a shot by Rodriguez took a deflection off an Irish defender, but Reid-Burke was able to grab it. Just a minute later, Press intercepted an Ireland clearance and sprinted with the ball down the right side. Press played a ball across the goal to Rapinoe, who sent it on frame. Reid-Burke made a reaction kick save that knocked the ball out of play.
In the 52nd minute Press quickly broke in along the left side, got past two defenders and took a shot from close range. Reid-Burke made another reaction save, diving and kicking the ball away.
Wambach was looking for her third of the game in the 71st minute, but she mishit a volley from inside the six yard box that Reid-Burke secured.
The U.S. continues its preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup with a game against Mexico on May 17 at StubHub Center in Carson, California at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on FOX Sports 1 and Univision Deportes.