February 15, 2016
By Michael Lewis
OH WHAT A NIGHT
Crystal Dunn ties USA record, scoring 5 goals in 10-0 win over Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying
FRISCO, Texas -- Crystal Dunn scored five goals to spark the United States to a 10-0 victory over Puerto Rico to secure the Group A crown in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship (CWOQ) in Toyota Stadium Monday night.
|Crystal Dunn enjoyed a career night of her young career, scoring five times in the USA win.
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Dunn, who doubled her international goal total to 10, was named player of the match and became the seventh American player to record five goals in a game.
Carli Lloyd, Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press and Sam Mewis also tallied goals for the Americans, who were aided by an own goal. The USA, which finished the group unbeaten (3-0-0) while outscoring the opposition, 16-0, will head to Houston for Friday's semifinals to meet the Group B runner-up. Those games will determine the two confederation's representatives at the Rio Olympics.
Puerto Rico finished its first CWOQ competition at 0-0-3.
The USA, which rested virtually its entire Starting XI except for Ali Krieger, Lloyd and Dunn, made quick work of the Caribbean side.
Mallory Pugh, the youngest player on the team at 17, played important roles in the Americans' first two goals. Her left-wing pass found Dunn, who turned and ripped a right-footed 14-yard shot past goalkeeper Karly Gustafson into the lower right corner in the sixth minute.
Pugh was taken down by Selimar Pagan in the box in the 13th minute as referee Crystal Sobers (Trinidad & Tobago) pointed to the spot. Lloyd, who scored in the 1-0 win over Mexico Saturday, putting in a rebound save of her penalty kick, made sure this time. She powered her shot into the right corner for her 11th Olympic qualifying goal and a 2-0 lead.
Dunn took advantage of some poor clearance attempts firing home another 14-yard strike, this time off her left foot for a 3-0 margin in the 21st minute.
O'Hara tallied her second international goal off a four-yard flick off a right-wing feed by Stephanie McCaffrey in the 45th minute.
The Americans scored three times within a two-minute span in the second half. Pugh's cross deflected off Puerto Rico's Ashley Rivera for an own goal in the 60th minute, Dunn blasted a 22-yard shot for her eighth international goal in the 61st minute and Press found the net with a shot from distance in the 62nd minute. Dunn closed out the night striking in the 86th and 87th minutes and Mewis added one in stoppage time.