USA for the win!
In an amazing match, the US defeated Japan, 5-2, to win the Women’s World Cup on July 5 in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd – who scored three goals in the 3rd, 5th, and 16th minutes of the first half – was on a mission to help her team win their first World Cup trophy since 1999.
Even though Lauren Holiday, a fellow midfielder, scored a goal herself in the 14th minute, the Japanese team was not giving up and answered in the 27th minute with Yuki Ogimi’s goal. The second half of the match was exciting, though there was no doubt about which team would be celebrating later on.
Julie Johnston – the USA defender – played the ball into her own net in the 52nd minute, but USA midfielder Tobin Heath sealed the score with a goal in the 54th minute.
The US team made history on Sunday, as they are the first team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup to win three titles. In addition to that, Carli Lloyd earned both the Silver Boot and Golden Ball awards, while Hope Solo won the Golden Glove, given to the best goalkeeper in the tournament.