Spirit Players Have Huge Impact in US Women’s Team’s Huge Win at Women’s World Cup
Washington Spirit players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh combined for three goals as the United States drubbed Thailand 13-0 in their first 2019 World Cup match.
Lavelle had a strong showing in her first ever World Cup match, scoring two of the US’s thirteen goals. The midfielder’s first goal was a low drive from the top of the penalty box that was tailing to the left. While Thailand keeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying was able to get a hand on the ball, Lavelle’s shot was too powerful, pushing past the keeper and into the net.
Lavelle’s second goal was a tap-in from the center of the box following a quick pass from fellow US midfielder Sam Mewis. Lavelle was subbed out shortly after her second goal for forward Carli Lloyd.
Pugh also scored one goal in her first-ever World Cup appearance. After subbing in for Julie Ertz in the 68 minute, Pugh quickly notched an assist on a Megan Rapinoe strike. Pugh would later score in the 84th minute after the US countered a Thailand attack in the midfield. Pugh connected on a square ball in from the right flank, out-running the Thai backline and finishing a chance in front of goal.
The Stars and Stripes scored the most goals of any team in World Cup history in front of a sold-out crowd of 21,029. The US dominated the possession, retaining 72 percent possession. In addition, the US took 20 shots on target opposed to Thailand’s two.
The first half was lopsided with the Stars and Stripes scoring three goals with the second half managing to be even more dominant with 10 goals scored. A total of six goals were scored in the last 20 minutes of the match.
Lavelle, Pugh and the U.S. Women’s National Team will next play in Paris on Sunday, June 16 at 9:00 am against Chile.
Other members of the Spirit roster making waves in France are midfielder Chloe Logarzo and defender Amy Harrison who play for Australia, and Cheyna Matthews who is playing for Jamaica.
Spirit midfielder Chloe Logarzo earned a place in Australia’s starting lineup in the opening game of Group C the Women’s World Cup in Valenciennes, France. Playing on the left wing of The Matildas’ midfield, Logarzo played the first 61 minutes of the match and had one scoring chance as her team fell to Italy, 2-1.
In the 39th minute, with Australia holding a 1-0 lead, Logarzo received a cross at the top of the six-yard box. With no defenders tightly marking her, she was able to place a clean header on goal, but the shot was parried by Italy goalkeeper Laura Giuliani.
Logarzo was replaced by one-time Spirit player, forward Lisa de Vanna in the 61st minute with the game tied at 1-1. Italy would go on to steal all three points with a late winner in stoppage time. Amy Harrison was available off the bench but was an unused sub after 90 minutes. Australia will continue Group C action on Thursday, June 13 at noon when it takes on Brazil.
While, Spirit forward Cheyna Matthews made her FIFA World Cup debut as the Reggae Girlz fell to Brazil 3-0 in their first ever FIFA World Cup match.
Matthews started the game at winger in Jamaica’s 3-3-4 formation as she did in their last friendly against Scotland earlier in the month. She logged one shot attempt (blocked) and used her speed to create two chances for the Reggae Girlz early in the first half.
The Reggae Girlz put out a respectable effort in their first ever World Cup match despite the scoreline. They had several strong chances early on that if they capitalized on the game could have been different. Matthews and the Reggae Girlz they have plenty of time to rest until there next match against Italy on June 14. All the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup games will be broadcast on FOX or FOXSports1.
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