U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team Beats Australia 4-0 at the Alamodome

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Photo by Josh Huskin. San Antonio cheering on US Women's National Team.

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The U.S. Women’s National Team faced off against Australia at the Alamodome today in an international friendly match. Today’s game marked the beginning of four matches for the team in a month, which many are considering to be pre-season for the National Team’s upcoming 2015 World Cup qualifying next year. The starting lineup for the U.S. included Abby Wambach (game captain and all-time world record holder for most international goals scored, male or female, with 161 coming into the game) and Alex Morgan up front with Sydney Leroux in midfield making this match the first time all three started together. They didn’t waste any time in attacking Australia, with Leroux charging the box in the first minute for the U.S.’s first threat. Crystal Dunn, one of two college players on the roster today and getting her sixth start for the U.S. team, battled Australia forward Lisa Da Vanna all game long. Less than three minutes into the game, Da Vanna showed her speed and took a break away with Dunn trailing a step behind forcing goalkeeper Hope Solo to come up with her first save of the game. Two minutes later, U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday found the back of the net on a powerful strike that came off a deflection on a set piece, her 21st goal for the team. USA on top 1-0 six minutes into the game. The U.S. kept pressure on the Australia defenders, keeping the ball on the offensive side for much of the first half. That pressure paid off in the 14th minute, as Carli Lloyd smashed the ball from the top of the box past the Australia keeper, Lydia Williams. U.S. went up 2-0. That was the 45th goal for Lloyd, who tied Julie Foudy for ninth in all-time international goals scored. Crystal Dunn looked sharp taking the ball away from Da Vanna in the 17th minute and created an opportunity for Alex Morgan, whose shot came up short. On the other end of the field, Da Vanna had another chance for Australia in the 20th minute, but Solo had another great save to keep the score 2-0. Da Vanna had her best shot of the game in the 27th minute going one-on-one with Solo, who came up with another huge save, proving once again she’s as good a keeper as they come. The U.S. attacked again in the 30th minute, forcing Williams to knock the ball away giving Wambach an opportunity for an acrobatic bicycle kick on the rebound but the ball sailed wide right of the goal. Later, De Vanna was called for an offside in the 34th minute and showed her frustration as she took the ball and threw it on the ground, which earned her a chat with referee Kari Seitz. Wambach had another opportunity in the 38th minute, but her header was saved by Williams. You could see Wambach’s disappointment, as she expects everything she touches to reach the back of the net, but she walked away with a smile.
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Photo by Josh Huskin. Alex Morgan taking a shot. At the end of the first half the U.S. headed into the locker room up 2-0. In the second half, the U.S. scores again in the 56th minute, with an exchange between Wambach and Lloyd who returned it to Wambach up front catching the Australia goalie out of position. Wambach finessed the ball just to the side of Williams and into the net making it goal 162 for Wambach. Solo's fourth of five saves of the game came in the 82nd minute off a shot by Australia midfielder Katrina Gorry. Alex Morgan, who’s coming off a sprained left knee, collided with Australia defender Clare Polkinghorne in the 87th minute that left both players shook up but, after a minute of stoppage, they both continued to play on.
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Photo by Josh Huskin. Christen Press scoring the 4th goal for the US. The U.S. put the final exclamation point on the match with a fourth goal from substitute Christen Press off a service from Heather O’Reilly in the 92nd minute. Final score for the game, 4-0 for the U.S., who extended their unbeaten streak to 36 games with a 31-0-5 record since March 2012 and a 74-game unbeaten run on home soil.
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Photo by Josh Huskin. US Team celebrates a 4-0 victory vs Australia in San Antonio. "We were a bit rusty at times, and allowed Australia to get behind us, and Hope really came up big on a few occasions,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermannion, who faced his former Australian team for the first time. We asked him about Crystal Dunn’s performance against Lisa Da Vanna. “[Dunn] impacts every game she plays," Sermanni said. "When you play against Da Vanna, who’s very focused, you know you’re going to be in for a torrid game. There were a couple times Da Vanna got away from her but on most of the one-on-one battles, I thought [Dunn] was outstanding. Considering she’s a college player, just come into the team earlier this year, the growth that she’s had has been quite significant.” “I went into it not wanting to play in a dome," said U.S. goalie Hope Solo. "I like playing outdoors, I like night games, but this was an incredible environment and I’d play a one o’clock game in the Alamodome again and again.” San Antonio also made a good impression on coach  Sermanni: "Unbelievable, great turnout, great city to be in.” Attendance at the Alamodome was 19,109, which is a record for the U.S. team this year. The crowd was most definitely rowdy and loud, showing their love for the U.S. team during the match which was nationally televised on NBC. Hopefully, that means San Antonio stays on the list for future matches and we don’t have to wait another 17 years before we see the U.S. Team again.

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