Women’s National Soccer Team Wins Two Games

By Annabelle H.

Did you see the game? The U.S Women’s National Soccer Team just played this Thursday, October 19, and Sunday, October 22, in New Orleans. What a game!

“The U.S WNT last played in New Orleans, in the final game of 2015, which was also the farewell game for U.S. legend Abby Wambach, a 1-0 loss to China PR.”

U.S. Midfielder Carli Lloyd, made her first appearance in the second game after suffering a left ankle sprain playing for the Houston Dash, in the NWSL. Also known as the National Women’s Soccer League.

Twenty-one-year-old U.S. Midfielder, Andi Sullivan, also came back, from a torn ACL, from playing in a college playoff game.

Sadly, two of our own players were not able to play due to injuries. Tobin Heath, Midfielder, is out with an ankle injury and Defender Taylor Smith,  is out with a shoulder injury.

But on the bright side, the U.S.A. won, 3-1.Soccer

The first goal goes to Midfielder Julie Ertz, midfielder, in the twenty-third minute. A fantastic diving header into the goal off of a corner, giving U.S. the lead.

In the 40th minute, Forward Alex Morgan shot an incredible left-footed shot inside the box, into the back of the net, from an assist from defender, Kelley O’Hara.

With an added five minutes, Korean forward, Han Chaerin, scored from outside of the box, giving Korea a goal.

Into the second half, the forty-eighth minute,  Forward Megan Rapinoe, drew a penalty kick. With a couple of minutes to think, in the fifty-first minute Megan Rapinoe scored the last goal of the night.

Unfortunately,  forward Mallory Pugh had to come out of the game due to a hamstring injury. In result, Mallory couldn’t play the rest of the game and the second game against Korea Republic. U.S. soccer also announced that Midfielder Andi Sullivan returned to Stanford for a match against Oregon State. To fix the two absences, U.S Head Coach Jill Ellis, called up Midfielder McCall Zerboni to play.

Now let’s talk about the second game, the game that everyone has been babbling about. The game where Carli Lloyd made her first appearance since her injury, the game that the U.S. scored six goals and let no goals in!

In the third minute, Defender Abby Dahlkemper, took a corner from the left side and drove a ball all the way to the far post, where  Midfielder Sam Mewis, powered a header into the goal. In the twentieth minute, Mewis scored another goal!  Midfielder Lindsey Horan shot a driven ball to the goal, which was punched out by Korean Goalie Kang Gaae, and Mewis scored off of the rebound.

Fifteen minutes later, in the thirty-fifth minute, Alex Morgan passed a clean ball to Forward Christen Press, where she made space to shoot the ball. And stroke the ball into the upper right corner of the goal.

In the added minute of the first half, Abby Dahlkemper took a corner, but on the right side, and Julie Ertz headed the ball into the goal again! Just seconds before the whistle blew to signal the end of the first half.

The fifth goal was scored in the second half, in the sixty-oneth minute, when Megan Rapinoe slipped past the defenders on the right side, dribbling up the field, and drawing out the defender. That was when she sneaked the ball to Forward Lynn Williams, who took a shot and scored.

Ok, don’t worry this is the sixth and final goal, I promise. In the eighty-third minute, seven minutes away from the end of the game, Rapinoe served a ball to the goal, where the goalkeeper cleared out. Which went right to Lindsey Horan, who passed the ball to U.S. Midfielder Allie Long. Who sent it back into the goal!

Congratulations to the U.S Women’s National Team for winning two games this past week and letting in only one goal!

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