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January 20, 2012
U.S. women rout Dominican Republic, 14-0, in Olympic qualifying

By Michael Lewis Editor

Amy Rodriguez tied a U.S. Women's National Team record with five goals.Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
Amy Rodriguez tied a U.S. Women's National Team record with five goals.Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
VANCOUVER -- It literally was over just after it started.

Only 37 seconds into the match, the United States enjoyed a 1-0 lead over the Dominican Republic.

By the fourth minute it was 2-0 and 3-0 in the seventh minute.

The Americans wound up on the long end of a 14-0 rout of the Central American side in a CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying match at BC Place on Friday night.

The 14 goals were the most scored by both teams in a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying final round game.

However, it might have been a Pyrrhic victory as defender Ali Krieger suffered what appeared to be a devastating knee injury after she was kicked by a Dominican Republic player. Krieger was stretchered off the field. During halftime she was able to leave the field on crutches.

Abby Wambach, who scored two goals and hit the woodwork twice, was replaced at halftime after she needed her right leg wrapped.

Halftime substitute Amy Rodriguez led the way with five goals, setting a CONCACAF record for the most goals in the final round of a CONCACAF final qualifying tournament. She also tied the U.S. Women's National Team record for most goals scored. But to be fair, the score was 7-0 by then and the game was decided in the opening 15 minutes.

Heather O'Reilly, a starter, had a hat-trick.

It turned out to be an embarrassing encounter, a game reminiscent of the early days of the U.S. Women's National Team when the likes of Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm, April Heinrichs, Carin Jennings (before she became Gabarra) and company would maul teams by 9-0 and 12-0 scores.

The first half seemed to be more of a clinic than a game as the ball rarely left the Dominican Republic's defensive half.

Without sounding too monotonous, here is a quick play-by-play of the U.S. goals in the first half:

* Wambach headed home the first goal off a right-wing cross by Heather O'Reilly past goalkeeper Isairis Minaya 37 seconds into the game.

* Midfielder Carli Lloyd slotted home a rebound of a Wambach shot that richocheted off the right post in the fourth minute.

* Rachel Buehler put away a Wambach rebound in the seventh minute for a 3-0 lead.

* O'Reilley found the back of the net with a nice move before beating the goakeeper for a four-goal margin in the 17th minute.

* Wambach placed the ball under Minaya -- off a Lloyd left-wing cross for a 5-0 advantage in the 19th minute.

* Tobin Heath made it 6-0, tapping home an O'Reilly feed in the 30th minute.

* O'Reilly, off a give-and-go with Lauren Cheney closed out the first-half scoring for a 7-0 lead in the 31st minute.

Rodriguez, nicknamed A-Rod, struck for her hat-trick within a 13-minute span with goals in the 47th, 48th and 59th minutes.

Cheney added another off an O'Reilly feed in the 64th minute for an 11-0 lead.

A-Rod also tallied in the 71st and 75th minutes before O'Reilly's third goal made it 14-0 in the 78th minute.
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