SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Individuals rebounded from their opening loss with a 6-1 rout of New Zealand in entrance of the First Woman on Saturday within the girls’s soccer event on the Tokyo Olympics.
With america main 2-0 on the break, Jill Biden arrived in time to look at the workforce put the sport away within the second half at Saitama Stadium.
America was shocked by Sweden within the first match, dropping 3-0. It was the workforce’s first loss since January 2019, and snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak. The Individuals had not been held scoreless since 2017.
However the Individuals vowed to regain management of the event. Defender Kelley O’Hara stated america wanted to be “ruthless” towards New Zealand.
And ruthless they have been.
Rose Lavelle scored off a well-placed move from Tobin Heath within the ninth minute to provide america an early lead — and the workforce’s first aim of the Olympics. Regardless of the dearth of targets, the Individuals dominated the half, not like their out-of-sorts begin towards the Swedes.
Lindsey Horan scored with a header within the last moments of the half to place america up 2-0 on the break. It was Horan’s twenty third worldwide aim and it got here on her milestone one centesimal look for the nationwide workforce.
It might have been worse for New Zealand however america had 4 disallowed targets, all for offside, within the first half.
An own-goal by Abby Erceg prolonged the U.S. result in 3-0 within the sixty fourth. New Zealand prevented the shutout with Betsy Hassett’s aim within the 72nd.
Christen Press, who got here in as a second-half substitute, scored from the middle of the field within the eightieth off a feed from Julie Ertz, earlier than Alex Morgan scored within the last minutes of regulation. One other New Zealand own-goal closed out the sport in stoppage time.
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski made 5 modifications to the beginning lineup he used towards Sweden, giving Carli Lloyd the beginning over Morgan, Megan Rapinoe for Press, Ertz for Sam Mewis, Emily Sonnett for O’Hara, and Tierna Davidson for captain Becky Sauerbrunn.
America, the reigning World Cup champion, has been to each Olympics since girls’s soccer joined the occasion in 1996. The world’s top-ranked workforce has 5 gold medals, greater than some other nation.
The U.S. additionally misplaced the primary match of the 2008 Beijing Video games, falling to Norway 2-0, however went on to win the gold.
Their nemesis on the Olympics has been Sweden, which booted the Individuals from the Rio de Janeiro Video games within the quarterfinals 5 years in the past.
New Zealand misplaced to Australia 2-1 in its opening match and the Ferns’ probabilities of reaching the knockout spherical grew slim with Saturday’s loss.
New Zealand, coached by former U.S. coach Tom Sermanni, had not performed any matches since March 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions.
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