San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States women's national
team struck twice in the opening 12 minutes on Sunday en route to a 4-1
victory over New Zealand in a friendly encounter at Candlestick Park.
The Americans wasted no time finding the back of the net as Megan Rapinoe
blasted home a free kick just seven minutes into the contest. Five minutes
later it was 2-0 for the U.S. when Carli Lloyd ripped home her 46th career
Christen Press added a third goal for the U.S. three minutes prior to the
break, but Hannah Wilkinson pulled one back for New Zealand in the 54th
The Americans, however, were undeterred by the goal and added a fourth tally
through Heather O'Reilly to cap the rout.
The U.S. women will next take the pitch against New Zealand in another
international friendly on Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio.
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