October 23, 2016
Lloyd brace leads U.S. 5-1 over Switzerland
MINNEAPOLIS - Carli Lloyd has been pretty busy these days. Promoting her new book, getting ready for her wedding, and oh, yea, scoring two goals to lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a 5-1 win over Switzerland in front of 23,400 fans at U.S. Bank Stadium, the largest crowd to watch the U.S. Women in the state of Minnesota.
|Carli Lloyd scored two goals for the U.S. in their 5-1 win over Switzerland
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The U.S. dominated the run of play throughout the match, but did fall behind early to Sandrine Mauron's 7th-minute counter-attack strike.
Switzerland opened the scoring as they went down the right, squeezed a pair of passes up the sideline and ultimately into the path of Lara Dickenmann as she broke toward the USA goal. From a wide angle, Dickenmann sent a powerful shot on goal that U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was well positioned to push away; but the clearance fell right to the hard charging Mauron who volleyed a shot from near the penalty spot. Harris nearly saved the second chance, but couldn't get enough of a hand on it to keep the ball from arching into the right side netting.
Lloyd evened the match in the 25th minute, after taking a pass from Kelley O'Hara and sending a rocket from 27 yards into the upper right corner.
Just after the break, Lloyd netted the game winner, as she helped lead a USA counterattack with an outside of the foot pass that curled around a defender perfectly into the stride of Christen Press who was making a run down the right side. Press got off a shot from the top of the box that was blocked and arched high into the air. As the ball fell just outside the top center of the box, Lloyd arrived to send a full volley along right down the middle of the goal mouth and into the back of the net for her 96th career goal.
Two minutes later, Press cored for the second consecutive game, both times after coming on as a second half sub. This time from deep in the USA's own half, Andi Sullivan sent a long ball over top the Switzerland defense and into the path of Press. As the ball bounced near the top of the box, Press spotted Swiss goalkeeper GaŽlle Thalmann charging off her line and sent a perfectly weighted looping shot over the 'keeper and into the right side of the goal for her 37th career goal in her 78th cap.
Then it was time for yet another fresh face to add to the WNT record books as Kealia Ohai made her international debut as an 81st minute substitute for Dunn and then scored just 48 seconds after entering the game, breaking the record for quickest goal in a debut set just four days ago by fellow newcomer Lynn William, who scored 49 seconds into her first game vs. Switzerland in Utah.
Crystal Dunn made it 4-1 in the 63rd minute, getting on the end of a cross from Williams at the back post and finishing for her 13th goal of 2016.
Making her debut for the United States, Kealia Ohai closed out the scoring in the 82nd minute. Lindsay Horan's pass into the left side of the Switzerland box found Press as her run took her across the path of Ohai who headed straight toward the penalty spot. Press then cut the ball back to the Ohai, who had only entered the match seconds earlier. The young attacker held off a defender and hooked a low shot from the center of the box that scooted into the right corner beyond the reach of the diving 'keeper.
The win improves the USA's record to 20-0-2 in 2016 and 4-0-0 all-time vs. Switzerland as Ashlyn Harris earned her second start in goal of the year and earned her 10th cap.
The U.S. WNT will finish its 2016 schedule next month with a pair of matches vs. Romania in California. The teams first meet at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on Nov. 10 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) before meeting again at StubHub Center in Carson on Nov. 13 (6:30 p.m. PT; FS1)