June 16, 2012
USWNT gets past Sweden 3-1
HALMSTAD, Sweden----Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath each scored as the United States Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 3-1 on Saturday at Orjans Vall Stadium.
|Abby Wambach's 40 yard strike gave the U.S. the lead in the 3-1 win over Sweden.
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Wambach gave the United States the lead in the eighth minute, with an incredible 40-yard strike. Heather O’Reilly launched a ball over the top, and Wambach, seeing Sweden’s goalkeeper off her line, caught it on the bounce with her right foot, driving a shot into the right corner.
Morgan made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute. Shannon Boxx served a ball into the area, and Morgan ran onto it, forced her defender off the ball and put it into the net. The goal was her 15th of the year, and 25th in 40 National Team appearances.
The Swedes pulled one back in the 35th, when Lotta Schelin found a gap in the U.S. defense, cut into the left side of the penalty area, and with the outside of her foot slotted a shot over goalkeeper Hope Solo and into the far side of the net.
The U.S. dominated much of the attack in the early going, and Morgan almost got a second goal just before the end of the first half, but she had trouble getting to a ball from Megan Rapinoe, and sent the shot over the bar.
Seconds into the second half, Heather Mitts got under a deflected cross, but sent her header off the bar.
Second half sub Tobin Heath quickly put her mark on the game, giving the U.S. a 3-1 lead in the 54th minute. Wambach crossed the ball from the right side, and Heath got between two defenders, went up and nodded a header down past Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
The U.S. again tried to test Lindahl from distance, and came close in the 59th minute when another sub, Carli Lloyd, tried a 35-yard shot that the Swedish goalkeeper got a hand on.
Schelin nearly got a second of her own, beating U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn in the 62nd minute, but Solo made a diving stop. Moments later, Schelin got in behind again, but sent her shot awry. Sweden continued to stretch the United States in the second half, coming close on several occasions and ending up with a 10-9 overall advantage in shots.
The U.S. plays the second game of the three-team tournament on Monday, June 18, when they face Japan at 7 a.m. ET. The game will be streamed live by Universal Sports (UniversalSports.com) and shown on tape delay at 10 a.m. ET on Universal Sports Network.