SOCCER: The U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Australia 2-1 in Second Game of Fan Tribute Tour

SOCCER: The U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Australia 2-1 in Second Game of Fan Tribute Tour


CARSON, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team came from behind to earn a 2-1 win against Australia in the second game of the Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. After going down a goal in the first half, Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx scored in the second half at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The U.S. WNT improves its record to 22-1-1 in 2012, and faces Australia once again on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., in what will be head coach Pia Sundhage’s final match at the helm of the U.S. WNT. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and streamed live on WatchESPN.

Australia opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a goal from Lisa de Vanna. De Vanna received the ball near the left sideline and turned on U.S. captain Christie Rampone, streaking straight for the goal. Breaking into the penalty area, she fired a high shot past an outstretched Hope Solo into the right side of the goal.

Morgan equalized in the 55th minute on a shot from the right side of the 18-yard box. Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly carried the ball up the middle of the field and passed to Morgan on the right. Morgan settled it inside the penalty area and cut to her left to free herself from her defender, blasting a shot past Australia goalkeeper Brianna Davey.

Shannon Boxx scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute, sending a penalty kick just inside the right post past a diving Davey. Two minutes earlier, Davey raced out to close down Morgan running into the box for a through-ball from Tobin Heath, clipping her just inside the 18-yard box and giving up the penalty kick.

Additional Notes:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 32nd international goal in her 50 international match.
  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone played in her 268th career international match on Sunday. She sits five behind third-place Julie Foudy (272) on the all-time list.
  • Pia Sundhage improved her USA coaching record to 90-6-10.
  • The USA remains unbeaten against Australia with a 20-0-2 record and a 73-18 scoring advantage.
  • Sundhage made four substitutions at halftime, changing up much of the defense and the midfield. Rachel Buehler replaced Rampone, Heather Mitts came in for Amy LePeilbet, Heather O’Reilly came on from Megan Rapinoe and Shannon Box replaced Carli Lloyd.

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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