Because the outdated saying goes, protection wins championships. For the U.S. girls’s nationwide group, let’s hope the identical holds true for Olympic medals.
The USWNT took down Nigeria, 2-0, in an international friendly in Austin on Wednesday, good for his or her fourth consecutive clean-sheet victory. The win capped an ideal three wins in three video games through the group’s Summer season Sequence because it prepares for the Tokyo Games in July.
The U.S. acquired on the board in the second minutes of stoppage time of the primary half when Christen Press struck a left-footed shot round Nigerian goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi off of a move from Carli Lloyd. It was Press’s thirty third objective involvement in her final 35 video games.
The second half consisted principally of near-misses for the Individuals. The U.S. dominated possession (72%) and out-shot Nigeria 14-7. Nigeria managed only one shot on objective in comparison with the USWNT’s six, and the U.S. held a 4-1 benefit in nook kicks.
The punctuation objective lastly got here 4 minutes into stoppage time, when Lynn Williams—who got here on as a sub in the 88th minute—beat Oluehi to complete off a fast-break and cap off one other sturdy exhibiting for the U.S.
The USWNT will play subsequent on July 1 and 5 towards Mexico in a “Ship-Off Sequence” held in East Hartford, Conn. The group’s ultimate 18-player roster for the Olympics is predicted to be introduced in late June. The Games will start on July 23. The USWNT received gold in 2004, 2008 and 2012 however was eradicated in 2016 in the quarterfinals by eventual runner-up Sweden.
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