Lloyd hat trick propels USWNT past Ireland

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Different U.S. Women’s National Team. Same result.

With Abby Wambach out of the picture and Christie Rampone nursing injury, the USWNT counted on World Cup hero Carli Lloyd to lead the way. The New Jersey native scored a hat trick in a dominant 5-0 win over Ireland in front of 23,309 fans at Qualcomm Stadium – a record crowd for for a USWNT match in San Diego, California.

The WNT is now 12-0-0 all-time vs. Ireland.

Lloyd opened the scoring just six minutes into the match, finishing a wide-open rolling Alex Morgan cross. Fifteen minutes later, Ireland’s goalkeeper Emma Byrne turned away a Morgan header, but a poor clearance allowed Lloyd to finish to double the lead.

A defensive error helped Lloyd complete her natural hat trick in the 28th minute.

In her 100th cap, Morgan found the back of the net, slotting a Lloyd header off the post in the 45th minute. 17-year-old Mallory Pugh capped off the scoring in the 83rd minute.

Ireland was held to a pair of shots — both coming in the 80th minute, and both stopped by Hope Solo.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 1 5
IRL 0 0 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan) 6th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan) 21
USA – Carli Lloyd 28
USA – Alex Morgan (Carli Lloyd) 45
USA – Mallory Pugh (Christen Press) 83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 27-Emily Sonnett (5-Kelley O’Hara, 58), 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 29-Samantha Mewis, 31-Lindsey Horan (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Christen Press, 46); 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.) (22-Mallory Pugh, 58), 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 46)
Subs Not Used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

IRL: 1-Emma Byrne (capt.), 2-Sophie Perry (11-Julie Ann Russell, 46), 3-Megan Campbell, 4-Louise Quinn, 6-Karen Duggan (17-Meabh De Burca, 72), 7-Diane Caldwell (14-Jessica Gleeson, 46), 8-Aine O’Gorman, 9-Ruesha Littlejohn (18-Megan Connolly, 65), 10-Denise O’Sullivan, 13-Stephanie Roche (21-Fiona O’Sullivan, 46), 15-Katie McCabe (12-Siobhan Killeen, 65)
Subs Not Used: 5-Ciara Rossiter, 16-Niamh Reid Burke, 19-Clare Shine, 20-Grace Wright, 22-Savannah McCarthy
Head coach: Sue Ronan

 


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