August 19, 2015
WNT romps past Costa Rica, 7-2
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee -- Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly led the way with two goals apiece as the US Women's National Team continue its post-World Cup Victory Tour with a 7-2 win over Costa Rica Wednesday in front of 20,535 at Finley Stadium, the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.
|Heather O'Reilly scored two goals in the US WNT's 7-2 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday.
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Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.
The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.
After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Lloyd and O'Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, Lloyd, O'Reilly, and Alex Morgan. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first-ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.
Lloyd opened the scoring in the seventh minute, with a spectacular 31-yard free kick that hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal. O'Reilly doubled the US lead in the 13th, off Lloyd's rebound.
Minutes after play resumed after the weather delay, Wambach one-timed home Lori Chalupny's pass in from the left side of the box to make the score 3-0, and Lloyd completed her brace in the 20th minute with an airborne volley of Megan Rapinoe's corner kick.
O'Reilly netted her second goal in the 23rd minute, heading home Wambach's cross. The US entered the intermission with a 6-0 lead after Ticas defender Katherine Alvarado deflected the ball into her own net.
Cristin Granados put Costa Rica on the board in the 56th minute, beating netminder Hope Solo from close range off Carolina Venegas' pass back from the end line. Karla Villalobos ran onto a through ball from Mariana Benavides and beat netminder Alyssa Naeher from the top of the box in the 69th minute for the Ticas' second goal.
Morgan closed out the US scoring in the 81st minute, after Amy Rodriguez picked off a poor clearing pass on the right side of the box and crossed it to Morgan at the far post.
The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.