Match report | USA beat Korea Republic 6-0 in front of 9,727 fans
Mewis Scores First Career Brace in Front of Her Club Home Crowd; Zerboni Earns First Cap;
USA Women’s National Team completely dominated from start to finish in front of a near-sellout crowd at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sunday evening to shutout Korea Republic 6-0 in the second game of a two-match series.
Five different players scored for the U.S. with midfielder Samantha Mewis tallying her first career brace by the 20th minute in the home stadium for her club team, the North Carolina Courage. Shortly after, Christen Press continued the party and made it 3-0. Julie Ertz also continued her fantastic goal-scoring form and added one in stoppage time to make it 4-0 at the half.
It was much of the same in the second 45 minutes and the five U.S. substitutions at the half quickly got to work with Megan Rapinoe and Lynn Williams combining for a fifth goal, and Lindsey Horan and Allie Long for a sixth.
Next, the U.S. WNT will conclude its 2017 schedule with a pair of friendlies against Canada on Nov. 9 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) at BC Place in Vancouver and Nov. 12 (6 p.m. PT, FS1) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Goal Scoring Rundown
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USA – Samantha Mewis (Abby Dahlkemper), 3rd minute: Dahlkemper took a corner kick from the left side and sent a driven ball all the way to the far post where Mewis freed herself from a defender and powered a header into the back of the net to give the USA an early lead. USA 1, KOR 0.
USA – Samantha Mewis, 20th minute: Lindsey Horan whipped in a cross from outside the penalty area and her attempt was punched out by Korea’s goalkeeper Kang Gaae. The ball bounced right to the charging Mewis, who hit first-time half-volley into the vacated net to seal her first career brace.
USA 2, KOR 0. GOAL.
USA – Christen Press (Alex Morgan), 35th minute: On a nice U.S. build-up through the midfield, Morgan found Press near the top of the penalty area. She squared up on a defender, made space for a shot and whipped the ball brilliantly into the upper right corner for her third goal of 2017. USA 3, KOR 0.
USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan), 45+1st minute: Abby Dahlkemper took a corner kick from the right side that was won by Lindsey Horan in the center of the box. She sent her header towards the right post and Ertz separated from her defender to nod a header down into the lower left corner from a sharp angle just seconds before the halftime whistle. USA 4, KOR 0. GOAL.
USA – Lynn Williams (Megan Rapinoe), 61st minute: Following a Korea defensive mishap, Rapinoe dribbled down the left side, glided past her defender, pulled the goalkeeper out and rolled the ball to Williams in the middle of the box for an easy tap-in to make it 5-0. USA 5, KOR 0.
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan), 83rd minute: Rapinoe saved a ball from going out of bounds on the right side and sent a shot parallel to the goal that the goalkeeper cleared towards the opposite side where Horan got a first touch and passed it towards an oncoming Long inside the box who did well to send it to the back of the net for her third goal of the year. USA 6, KOR 0.
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Date: October 22, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny
USA – Samantha Mewis (Abby Dahlkemper) – 3rd minute
USA – Samantha Mewis – 20
USA – Christen Press (Alex Morgan) – 35
USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan) – 45 +1
USA – Lynn Williams (Megan Rapinoe) – 61
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan) – 83
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris (18-Jane Campbell, 46); 11-Sofia Huerta, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (25-McCall Zerboni, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Casey Short (10-Carli Lloyd, 64); 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis (20-Allie Long, 46); 12-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 23-Christen Press (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46)
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O’Hara
Head coach: Jill Ellis
KOR: 1- KANG Gaae (21-KIM Minjung, 68); 8-CHO Sohyun (capt.), 19-KIM Hyeyeong (12-YOO Younga, 63), 6-PARK Chorong (2-LEE Eunmi, 46), 17-JANG Seulgi; 13-JI Sunmi, 22-HAN Chaerin (18-SON Hwayeon, 52), 9-JEON Gaeul (14-MOON Mira, 56), 7-LEE Mina, 23-JANG Chang (15-LEE Sodam, 46); 11-LEE Geummin
Subs not used: 20-KIM Hyeri, 3-SHIN Damyeong, 4-SEO Hyunsook; 10-JI Soyun, 16-CHOE Yuri
Head coach: YOON Dukyeo
Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 18 / 9
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 4 / 1
USA – Lynn Williams (caution) – 68th minute
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)
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