April 27, 2008
Lloyd lifts U.S. over Aussies, 3-2
Cary, N.C. -- In what was a wild finish to a busy evening, Carli Lloyd scored the game-winner in second-half stoppage time to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory over Australia Sunday night.
|Carli Lloyd scored the United States’ game winner in stoppage time.
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After the U.S had a 2-0 lead, the Aussies equalized in the final minutes of the second half.
Lloyd helped open up the scoring in the 36th minute, splitting two Aussie defenders before hitting a cross that Abby Wambach dummied. Natasha Kai poked the ball past goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
Wambach got her own chance in the 49th minute, Amy Rodriguez made a 35 yard run, then sent a low cross to Wambach who headed it in.
With a seemingly comfortable lead, the U.S. gave up two goals in the final minutes of the game. In the 86th minute, Kate Gill sent a ball to far the post where Heather Gariock was able to head the ball past Hope Solo.
Less than a minute later, Lori Chalupny was called for a hand ball in the area. Cheryl Salisbury hit the shot right at Solo, but the ball popped up and back, and the Aussie veteran was able to head it in for a goal.
Lloyd netted the game winner when Cat Whitehill swung a 35 yard free kick to the far post. Williams punched the ball, but Lloyd was able to get her head on it from four yards out.
The start of the match was delayed an hour after torrential rains and thunderstorms drenched the field and the fans at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The U.S. and Australia will tussle again at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Saturday, May 3 at 5 p.m.