USWNT cruises past New Zealand in Group G opener

USWNT cruises past New Zealand in Group G opener

U.S. Women's National Team

USWNT cruises past New Zealand in Group G opener

Photo by John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

Photo by John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. Women’s National Team will probably want some of their chances back after watching the highlights, but Jill Ellis’ side came away with a comfortable result in Wednesday’s Olympics opener in Rio de Janeiro.

Goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan gave the USWNT a 2-0 win over New Zealand to kick off Group G play, while the All Whites failed to manage any shots on target in the match.

Lloyd, 34, provided the U.S. with the opener after nine minutes of play as the side’s captain headed home a Tobin Heath cross to give the defending World Cup champions a 1-0 lead.

Morgan doubled the U.S. advantage just a minute into the second stanza as the 27-year-old forward smashed her shot towards the near post from a tight angle, beating goalkeeper Erin Naylor.

The U.S. held a dominant amount of possession throughout the match, over 65 percent, leaving the All Whites with little room to create opportunities in the attack.

The victory keeps the USWNT unbeaten in 2016, as Ellis’ group have now gone 16 consecutive matches across all competitions without a loss. The U.S. will continue Group G play on Aug. 6 against France.

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