US women’s soccer team beats Australia 3-0

US women’s soccer team beats Australia 3-0

Sydney – 21 years since the last game in Australia, the US women’s soccer team took just 24 seconds to score against Matildas on Saturday.

Turns out that was all the fresh-faced US team needed in a 3-0 win at the Sydney Olympic Stadium ahead of Matildas’ record-breaking crowd of 36,109 spectators.

Ashley Hatch scored her first international goal when Australia’s defense failed to clear the ball from the start of the match. Hatch found herself in a one-on-one confrontation with goalkeeper Teigen Mika, and Hatch calmly hit a low shot to Mika’s right.

Hatch, who won the 2021 Golden Boot as the women’s NFL top scorer for champion Washington Spirit – 10 goals in 20 games – was making her third appearance for the United States and her first since 2018.

Rose Laville scored the second American goal in the 49th minute, and Captain Lindsey Horan finished scoring with a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

Australia dominated most of the first half after Hatch’s goal in the first minute. USA goalkeeper Casey Murphy – on her international debut – was a player in the first 45 minutes as she saved six chances, including two from Australia veteran Sam Kerr.

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Australia’s best chance came via Kia Simon, who missed from inside the penalty area when the goal was open.

“As a striker, you pride yourself on scoring goals and I take full responsibility that I should have finished that,” Simon said. “The match was (it will be) 1-1 at that point, so that could definitely change the momentum of the match.”

It was the first time since April 9, 2013 that the United States had a starting lineup with every player under 30. Saturday’s average starting team age was 26, making it the youngest squad to start on the field. USWNT since April 5, 2018.

Horan and Terna Davidson were the only players on this core team to last start with Matildas in the Olympic bronze medal match on August 5 in Tokyo, a match that the Americans won 4-3. Laville and Emily Sonnet also saw action in that match as a second-half substitute.

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The United States has won the World Cup four times, including last in France in 2019. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the next World Cup in 2023, with the tournament’s first match taking place over 600 days from Saturday.

The last time Americans played in Australia was while winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics.

This is the twenty-eighth victory for the United States over Australia, with one loss and four draws. After six consecutive games between the two teams decided by two goals or less, Saturday’s game was the USWNT’s biggest win against Australia since the 4-0 win in October 2013.

The teams will meet again Tuesday in Newcastle, north of Sydney.

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