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October 28, 2010
U.S. rolls past Haiti in WWC Qualifying

Abby Wambach had a hat trick as the U.S. Women routed Haiti 5-0 in Women’s World Cup qualifying on Thursday night.
Abby Wambach had a hat trick as the U.S. Women routed Haiti 5-0 in Women’s World Cup qualifying on Thursday night.
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CANCUN, Mexico---Abby Wambach scored three goals to lead the United States to a dominating 5-0 win over Haiti in the first game of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament.

Defender Rachel Buehler opened the scoring with her first career international goal in her 43rd cap and Amy Rodriguez scored her ninth career goal off an assist from Wambach.

With the result, the USA sits atop Group B after Costa Rica defeated Guatemala 1-0 in the first group match of the evening. Group A, featuring Mexico, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, commences play tomorrow.

The U.S. opened the scoring in the eighth minute, after Wambach was taken down 24 yards out. Carli Lloyd’s shot to the upper right corner was batted down by Haitian goalkeeper Geralda Saintillius. Buehler got to the loose ball and put it into the net from three yards out.

Seven minutes later, a corner kick by Yael Averbuch was headed toward net by Shannon Boxx. Wambach flicked it with the back of her head past several defenders and into the net for her 44th career header goal.

Another Averbuch corner kick set up the third US goal, in the 40th minute. This time, Wambach ran under the ball and touched it back to Rodriguez, who tapped it in for her ninth international goal. It was Rodriguez’s 50th international appearance, the 38th American player to reach the mark.

Just seconds into stoppage time of the first half, Lloyd lost a defender deep in the right side of the box with a spin move and then curled a left-footed cross into the middle where Wambach bodied it into the net.

Kristine Lilly, who earned her 350th cap as a half time substitute, created the fifth U.S. goal. Lilly dribbled into the area and spun to beat a defender before sending a chip to Wambach, who headed on the bounce into the right side of the net.

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