New look USWNT quickly scores goals, closes Australia – Press Enterprise

SYDNEY – When the United States played in Australia for the first time in 21 years, the American women’s football team only needed 24 seconds to score against Matilda’s Saturday (PT Friday night).

It turns out that was all the new American team needed in a 3-0 victory at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium in front of a Matildas record crowd of 36,109.

Ashley Hatch scored his first international goal as Australia’s defense failed to clear the ball from the opening kick. Hatch found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Teagen Micah, and Hatch calmly struck a low shot to the right of Micah.

Hatch, the winner of the 2021 Golden Boot as the top scorer in the National Women’s Soccer League for champion Washington Spirit – 10 goals in 20 games – played just his third appearance for the United States and the first time since 2018.

Rose Lavelle scored the second American goal in the 49th minute, and captain Lindsey Horan completed the scoring from a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

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

The best Australian chance came from Kyah Simon, who missed inside from the 6-yard field when the goal was open.

β€œAs a striker, you are proud to score goals and I take full responsibility that I should have completed it,” Simon said. “The game (would have been) 1-1 at the time, so it could definitely change the momentum of the game.”

It was the first time since April 9, 2013 that the United States had a starting lineup with all players under 30 years old. The average age of this one was 26 years, making it the youngest starting lineup to play for USWNT. since April 5, 2018.

Horan and Tierna Davidson were the only players in this homepage to start in the recent match with Matildas in the Olympic bronze medal on August 5 in Tokyo, a match won 4-3 by the Americans. Lavelle and Emily Sonnett also saw action in that match as substitutes in the second half.

The American women have won the World Cup four times, including the last time in France in 2019. Australia and New Zealand will host the next World Cup in 2023, with the tournament’s first match scheduled for 600 days from Saturday.

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

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

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