Lloyd’s brace lead USWNT to 5-1 win over Switzerland

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by TOM SLATER

Whether Jill Ellis is looking to completely overhaul the United States Women’s National Team before the run for the 2019 Women’s World Cup or if she is just fine-tuning things, there remains one constant.

Carli Lloyd.

The midfielder/striker continued her wonderful 2016 with a pair of goals that helped turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead enroute to a 5-1 victory over Switzerland in Minneapolis Sunday. The win completed a pair of victories over the Swiss.

Lloyd, who this summer became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympics (’08,’12,’16), now has 96 international goals. The games against the Swiss are her last of the calendar year because she will miss the November 10 and 13 matches against Romania for her wedding.

After Switzerland’s Sandrine Mauron  opened the scoring in the seventh minutes, Lloyd went to work. Her 25-yard laser shot in the 25th minute drew the Americans level and she added a game-winner in the 51st minute.

Much like last week’s victory over the Swiss, the floodgates were opened in the second half. Christen Press and Crystal Dunn added goals 10 minutes apart in the 53rd and 63rd minutes. Kealia Ohai won her first cap and scored her first international goal in the 82nd mintues, just 46 seconds after entering the match.

Lloyd’s first goal came after a good piece of possession from the Americans. Kelley O’Hara, getting a midfield start, fed Lloyd the ball with a quick pass before Lloyd blasted a shot that found net.

Her second goal of the day was the result of a long give-and-go with Press.  Lloyd found Press on the dead run on the right side and Press was able to hit a solid shot that was blocked into the air. Lloyd ran onto the ball and slotted it home for her final goal of 2016.

Press added a goal two minutes later, chipping goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann after getting a pass from Andi Sullivan.

Lynn Williams earned a start after her solid performance in the first Swiss game and set up Dunn with her goal by beating her defender down the left wing and serving to the back post.

Ohai finished the scoring when she received a solid square pass from Press, held off a defender and hit a low shot to far post.