USWNT Cruises Past New Zealand, 4-1; Sky Blue FC’s Christie Rampone Plays
Added by Dave Schatz on October 29, 2013.
U.S. women’s soccer team poses for team photo before the match. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)
The first of two matches between the United States women’s national team and New Zealand went down in the books on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, giving the victory to the U.S., 4-1, at San Francisco’s Candle Stick Park; 16,315 fans enjoyed the competition. (Rematch is this Wednesday evening.)
The U.S. remains undefeated in 37 consecutive games, while its home unbeaten streak is 75 games, now.
Abby Wambach, who led the Western New York Flash in scoring, and was league runner-up for MVP, during the 2013 season wore the captain’s arm band.
The U.S. goalkeeper, Hope Solo, saved the first shot on goal in the second minute when New Zealand’s Sarah Gregorius kicked one from the right hand side.
Megan Rapinoe drilled a free kick into the upper left corner to give the U.S. the first goal in the 7th minute. The next U.S. goal came five minutes later when Carli Lloyd ripped in a forceful shot to put the U.S. up, 2-0. The U.S. continued to control the entire match.
The former Stanford college star, Christen Press, slid one past New Zealand goalkeeper, Erin Nayler, thereby upping it to three-zilch before halftime. Prior to today’s game Press had not played in San Francisco since college.
U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly recorded the fourth U.S. goal with a left-footed chip-shot to the inside netting, sending the ball over Nayler, in the 87th minute.
Sky Blue’s veteran defender, Christie Rampone, came in during the 72nd minute for Becky Saurbrunn. It was Rampone’s first time in action since having knee surgery, in N.J., after the game in D.C. versus Mexico.
“Initially I was aiming to be back for Sunday’s game against New Zealand, but now my goal is Wednesday or the November match versus Brazil. I don’t want to push it. It’s important to not get over-anxious just because I’m here and miss playing. At the same time there are other players competing and everyone is fighting for a roster spot, so it’s not like, ‘Oh, let me get some minutes.’ I want to earn it,” she wrote in a blog post called Almost Ready to Roll.
In the 80th minute Rampone sent a free kick into the box only to be headed out by New Zealand’s, Rebekah Stott.
New Zealand was attacking more effectively in the second half, than the first; their only goal of the match was scored when Hannah Wilkinson managed to knock in her own rebound on a ball, Sauerbrunn should have cleared, in the 54th minute.
The rematch will take place this Wednesday evening at Columbus Crew Stadium, in Columbus, Ohio (7:30 p.m. ET). View the live stream here.