Morgan and Lavelle Bag Braces, Horan, Dunn and Heath Also Score
USWNT beat Trinidad & Tobago 7-0 to finish top of Group A
USA Women’s National Team concluded Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with a third consecutive dominating victory, downing Trinidad & Tobago 7-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on a rainy Wednesday night.
Almost the entire match was played inside Trinidad & Tobago’s defensive third as they pulled 10 players back inside 35 yards, but only some less-than-sharp finishing kept the score down through the first 40 minutes – after Alex Morgan had scored in the 9th minute – before the USA exploded for three goals in the final five minutes of the half. Rose Lavelle scored back-to-back goals in the 41st and 43rd minutes, and Crystal Dunn added a fourth right before the end of the half.
The USA hit the woodwork six times in the match – five by Morgan – and T&T goalkeeper Saundra Baron made 15 saves as the USA piled up a remarkable 59-0 shot margin over the entire game, putting 22 on goal.
In the second half, the USA got off to a fast start with Lindsey Horan scoring from distance in the 49th minute followed by a second tally from Morgan in the 50th. Tobin Heath added one more a few minutes later for the final 7-0 score line.
Already through to the knockout round before the match, the USA won Group A, taking the full nine points from three games and will now await the results from the final set of Group B games that take place Oct. 11 in Edinburg, Texas. The second-place finisher in Group B will face the USA on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. CT (FS1, UDN), with the winner earning an automatic berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
In the other Group A match, Panama upset Mexico to finish second in the group and also earned a semifinal berth, while Mexico was eliminated. Panama will face the first-place team in Group B on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. CT.
Take a look at all the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship fixtures, results and group standings.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: USA 7-0 Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 10, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship – Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees; raining
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Mallory Pugh, 71), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (3-Samantha Mewis, 61), 15-Megan Rapinoe
Substitutes not used: 2-Emily Sonnett, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
TRI: 20-Saundra Baron; 16-Cecily Stoute, 4-Rhea Belgrave, 2-Ayana Russell, 7-Jonelle Cato (17-Lauryn Hutchinson, 12, 15-Shenelle Henry, 46); 9-Liana Hinds, 11-Janine Francois, 14-Karyn Forbes (capt.), 18-Naomie Guerra, 6-Natasha St. Louis, 3-Mariah Shade
Substitutes not used: 1-Kimika Forbes; 13-Jenelle Cunningham, 5-Arin King, 8-Patrice Superville; 12-Kayla Taylor; 10-Tasha St. Louis
Not eligible: 19-Kennya Cordner
Head Coach: Shawn Cooper
Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 59 / 0
Shots on Goal: 22 / 0
Saves: 0 / 15
Corner Kicks: 18 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 5
Offside: 4 / 0
Referee: Odette Hamilton (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-dale Yee (JAM)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Julie Ertz