US Women's National Team

Hope Solo shuts out Australia for a 4-0 United States victory

Hope Solo stopped six shots for her 67th career shutout as the United States defeated Australia 4-0, in front of a home crowd of 19,909 supporters at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Australian forward Lisa De Vanna was all over the field in the first half, firing three shots on goal.

De Vanna started off the game in stride, outpacing US defender Crystal Dunn in the second minute. She fired a left footed strike on Hope Solo from inside the box but Solo tipped the shot off the crossbar and out of play.

The forward found space behind the United States back line in the 27th minute and got in alone on Solo. De Vanna took another strike from inside the box, but was stopped again by another big save from the US goalkeeper.

Midfielder Lauren Holiday opened up the game’s scoring in the 6th minute. Becky Sauerbrunn served in a free kick that was headed out to Holiday at the top of the box. The midfielder launched a volley, which took a deflection off an Australian defender and into the back of the net for a 1-0 US lead.

In the 14th minute Carli Lloyd added to America’s lead. Alex Morgan put a pass across the box that deflected of a defender and landed at the feet of Lloyd. The 31-year-old made no mistake and hammered a left-footed volley from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

Forwards Abby Wambach and Christen Press both scored in the second half closing out the USA victory.

Wambach took a chip from Lloyd at the left post and rolled a shot into the right corner after colliding with Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams in the 56th minute.

Press scored her seventh goal in only her 10th match for the US, a minute after missing 1v1 on the Australian keeper. Heather O’Reilly swung a cross into the box past Australia’s backline to Press, who was all alone in the six-yard box and she tapped it past the diving keeper.

The United States got a scare in the 88th minute when Morgan went down after a collision in the six-yard box with Clare Polkinghorne. Morgan was visibly shaken up on the play but finished out the game.


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