Lloyd scores hat-trick as USWNT beats Panama 5-0 at Women’s World Cup qualifying
USA Women’s National Team continued its World Cup qualifying campaign with another big victory in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, easily defeating Panama 5-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The game was only the second between the teams at the senior level.
The USA scored in the fifth minute on a set piece as a corner kick from Christen Press was headed home by Samantha Mewis. Carli Lloyd then scored two goals in the first half, before adding a third in the opening minutes of the second to complete her first hat-trick since 2016. Press, who dished out two assists via corner kicks, also added a goal for the USA.
The U.S. WNT out-shot Panama 16-0 in the first half, and 19-4 in the second, but some excellent play from Panama’s goalkeeper Yenith Bailey, who had 12 total saves, some of them spectacular, kept the score down.
Next, the WNT will await the result from the second Group A game of the day between Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. ET), and could qualify for the semifinals with one game to play if those teams play to a draw or if Mexico wins. If T&T wins, then the U.S. would need at least a draw in its final game to win the group and qualify for the semifinals. The USA will conclude Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship vs. Trinidad & Tobago in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN).
Check out all the Concacaf Women’s Championship 2018 Fixtures and Group Standings.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: USA 5-0 Panama
Date: October 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship – Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees Fahrenheit; partly cloudy
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper (9-Lindsey Horan, 77), 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz (16-Rose Lavelle, 46), 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 20-Christen Press
Substitutes not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Crystal Dunn
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
PAN: 1-Yenith Bailey; 2-Hilary Jaen, 3-María Murillo, 5-Yomira Pinzón, 13-Onelys Alvarado (7-Kenia Rangel, 34); 4-Katherine Castillo, 6-Aldrith Quintero, 8-Laurie Batista, 9-Karla Riley (19-Lineth Cedeño, 59); 10-Marta Cox, 11-Natalia Mills (capt.) (18-Erika Hernández, 59)
Substitutes not used: 12-Farissa Córdoba; 14-Maryorie Pérez, 15-Rebeca Espinosa, 16-Sheyla Díaz, 17-Anuvis Angulo, 20-María Montenegro
Head Coach: Victor Suarez
Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 35 / 4
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 12 / 1
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 6 / 0
PAN – Katherine Castillo (caution) 71st minute
Referee: Tatian Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)
U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
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