In the first of two meetings with its South American opposition, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Colombia, 7-0, at Rentschler Field on Wednesday evening.
Crystal Dunn pounced on a defensive mistake in the 27th minute, stealing the ball inside the Colombia penalty area and then slotting her shot past goalkeeper Catalina Perez.
The U.S. doubled its lead five minutes later, when midfielder Allie Long scored her first national team goal off of a header. Mallory Pugh scored the game’s third goal in the 33rd minute after Carli Lloyd assisted on her second sequence of the evening.
Prior to halftime, the USWNT tacked on its fourth goal by way of Lloyd. Pugh used her speed down the left wing and delivered a low cross into the path of Lloyd, who comfortably one-timed her shot past Perez.
Tobin Heath put her stamp on the match for the U.S. in the 62nd minute, before Long doubled her account just minutes later.
Second half substitute Christen Press notched the Americans’ seventh goal with over a quarter hour remaining, as Dunn recorded her second assist of the night.
Long almost opened the scoring for the USWNT in brilliant fashion after 12 minutes, striking a shot off the crossbar from outside the box.
Colombia managed its first shot on goal in the 20th minute, when Diana Ospina tested goalkeeper Hope Solo from distance. The low-traveling shot was comfortably handled by Solo on the goal line.
Overall, the U.S. outshot Colombia 20 to six, although the Americans recorded half of those efforts on target. Solo was rarely tested on the night, making two saves from the Colombia attack.
The U.S. and Colombia will meet again at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania on April 10.
WOMAN OF THE MATCH
While Carli Lloyd had herself a productive opening 45 minutes, Allie Long put pressure on head coach Jill Ellis to bring her to this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Portland Thorns attacker paced the U.S. with two goals, one in each half.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Any of the four first-half goals were worthy, but Crystal Dunn‘s finish before the half-hour mark opened the floodgates for the USWNT.
MATCH TO FORGET
Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez faced 10 shots on target against the U.S., seven of which ended up in the back of the net. Surely wasn’t the type of outing the shot-stopper was hoping to encounter.