Hope Solo was denied a record-breaking clean sheet to pass Brianna Scurry for the career record, but the US Women’s Soccer Team defeated Switzerland easily by a score of 4-1 in WakeMed Park in Cary, NC. WakeMed Park normally serves as the home of the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL, but saw its sixth international friendly game. The US is 6-0 in those games.
The first thing that you notice about the US Women’s Soccer Team is that they are much more confident about ball possession that their male counterparts. Switzerland was constantly having to respond to tremendous passing that put them in bad situations. More than once in the second half Megan Rapinoe hit a left cross that could have found Abby Wambach, and the Swiss had to fight to stop the play at the goal rather than in the field.
Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal in the first half to give the US a 1-0 lead. The Swiss swapped goalies at the half, but the new keeper saw three more scores go through. Carli Lloyd provided the second goal on a penalty kick for a handball and the game went to 2-0. At that point things still seemed to be in control when the USA gave up their own handball which led to the single Swiss score.
That seemed to motivate the Swiss team for the next few minutes until Christen Press nailed a shot from 25 yards out to drive the score back to 3-1. The final score of the game was kicked by veteran Abby Wambach on a penalty kick after she was knocked down in the box trying to make another play. It was her 168th goal in international play.
The US Women will be hosting the CONCACAF Women’s Cup later this year to seal a trip to the 2015 World Cup for three CONCACAF teams.
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