Match report: Lavelle’s Game-Winner Lifts USWNT to 1-0 Win Against Sweden
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USA Women’s National Team opened its two-game European tour with a 1-0 shutout against Sweden at Gamla Ullevi Stadium as 22-year-old midfielder Rose Lavelle scored the lone goal of the match in the 56th minute.
The U.S. had several good chances in the first half, including a Carli Lloyd shot from a Meghan Klingenberg cross that she knocked just wide and a semi-breakaway from Crystal Dunn, who fired at the net and forced the Sweden goalkeeper into a kick-save.
Sweden had a dangerous chance in the 44th minute after a give-away in midfield and Caroline Seger got free in the box. Her shot from the left side of the penalty area looked to be going wide before it was blocked by Allie Long. The ball then bounced over sliding U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, but Long was able to recover and sweep the ball off goal line to avoid an own goal and send the teams to the break tied 0-0.
In the second frame, the USA scored in transition as Dunn ran with pace at the Sweden defense and then slipped a pass to Lavelle in the right side of the box. Lavelle cut toward goal and then struck a rolling shot just inside the left post from a wide angle.
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Sweden created a couple of chances late in the game, particularly in the 86th minute when Kosovare Asllani’s shot was deflected by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, hit the top of the cross bar and flew out for a corner kick. The U.S. defense, led by Becky Sauerbrunn, put on a strong performance to maintain the shutout and gut out the 1-0 victory.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Women’s National Team
Date: June 8, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gamla Ullevi Stadium; Gothenberg, Sweden
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. local / 1:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees; Sunny
USA : 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (8-Julie Ertz, 84), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Casey Short, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (6-Abby Dahlkemper, 46); 16-Rose Lavelle (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+2), 20-Allie Long, 3-Sam Mewis, 22-Mallory Pugh; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) 9-Lindsey Horan, 46), 19-Crystal Dunn (23-Christen Press, 75)
Subs not used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 18-Abby Smith
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
SWE : 12-Hilda Carlén; 15-Jessica Samuelsson, 3-Linda Sembrant, 5-Nilla Fischer (6-Magdalena Eriksson, 75), 2-Joanna Andersson; 9-Kosovare Asllani, 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (11-Stina Blackstenius, 87), 17-Carolina Seger, 22-Olivia Schough 10-Julia Spetsmark, 63); 18-Fridolina Rolfö (20-Mimi Larsson, 46), 8-Lotta Schlein (capt.)
Subs not used : 1-Hedvig Lindahl, 4-Emma Berglund, 14-Hanna Folkesson, 16-Hanna Glas, 19-Pauline Hammarlund, 21-Emelie Lundberg , 24-Josefin Johansson, 25-Petra Andersson
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 7 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 10
Fouls: 4 / 14
Offside: 4 / 2
Referee: Olga Zadinova (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 1: Jana Zaplatilova (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriela Hanakova (Czech Republic)
4th official: Lucie Sulcova (Czech Republic)
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Up Next: The U.S. will finish its week in Europe when the team travels to Sandefjord to face Norway on June 11 (1p.m. ET; FOX).
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