September 20, 2015
U.S. Women blank Haiti 8-0
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The U.S. Women's National Team continues to walk through its Victory tour, handing Haiti a second straight rout, this time 8-0 in front of 35, 753 at Legion Field Sunday.
Carli Lloyd scored her second straight hat trick while five other players got in on the scoring including a goal and an assist from both Amy Rodriguez and Crystal Dunn.
It only took 53 seconds for the U.S. to find the net . It came from a short corner that Kelley O'Hara took from the right. The Haiti defense was slow to get into position, and O'Hara capitalized on the mistake and smashed in a low hard cross that found Julie Johnston who directed it into the net.
Lloyd scored her first on a penalty kick in the 16th minute, putting her shot to the left corner after Alex Morgan was taken down in the area.
One minute later Crystal Dunn put in her second goal in as many games after receiving a brilliant through ball from Megan Rapinoe. Dunn raced past the defense and ran onto the ball taking a controlling touch before smashing into the bottom left corner.
Lloyd closed out the half with two goals to complete her hat trick and in doing so became just the fifth American player with five international hat tricks, joining Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach and Michelle Akers. Three of Lloyd's hat tricks have come in the last five games.
Lloyd's second of the game came when Morgan went down the left side to the end line before sending a cross in front of the goal. The ball got by Dunn, but Lloyd was there to bury it in the 22nd minute.
In the 39th minute, Rapinoe took a took a free kick from 35 yards out and looped a ball into the top of the box. Lloyd rose over her defender and flicked a header toward the goal that dipped in over the jumping goalkeeper, clipping the cross bar and falling in.
Rodriguez converted the sixth goal of the game six minutes into the second frame ripping a blast from 20 yards out that beat the diving goalkeeper.
Morgan scored the seventh goal of the match on a header in the 85th minute. It started from a short corner from O'Hara that Whitney Engen got a touch to. The ball floated up and Morgan headed it into the net.
The U.S. closed out the scoring in the 88th minute, after a deflection and a missed clearance the ball ended up at the feet of Heather O'Reilly, who put it in.
It will be a month before the WNT takes the field again when they will match up with Brazil for a pair of matches that continue the Victory Tour. The first match will be in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. on Oct. 20. After that the team will travel back across the country for the second match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 25.