Lavelle scores 2 as USWNT routs New Zealand


AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Rose Lavelle scored a pair of objectives and the United States girls’s nationwide workforce beat New Zealand 5-0 in an exhibition on Saturday.

Ashley Hatch, Mallory Swanson and Taylor Kornieck additionally scored for the U.S. at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium. It was the second of two matches between the groups, that are making ready for this summer season’s Ladies’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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Swanson scored twice in Wednesday’s 4-0 U.S. victory in Wellington. The previous Mallory Pugh took Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson’s final identify when the pair married in December.

The matches in opposition to New Zealand capped the U.S. workforce’s January coaching camp. The journey was strategic for the People, who will play all their World Cup group stage matches in New Zealand.

The introduced crowd of 12,721 was the most important ever for a New Zealand girls’s match. Alex Morgan was a late scratch due to decrease leg tightness. She was changed within the beginning lineup by Hatch, who scored her fifth worldwide purpose within the twenty second minute. Trinity Rodman acquired the help.

Lavelle, who wore the captain’s armband, scored in thirty ninth minute. Swanson added a rebound purpose within the 53rd minute earlier than Lavelle’s second purpose within the 74th. Kornieck scored the ultimate purpose on a header.

The groups have met 21 instances total, with the U.S. dominating the sequence 19-1-1.

The U.S. was with out 2022 Participant of the 12 months Sophia Smith due to a foot damage. Megan Rapinoe additionally did not journey with the workforce due to an ankle damage.

Lindsey Horan, who performed within the first sport in opposition to New Zealand, returned to France for a sport together with her membership workforce, Lyon.

The People had an uncharacteristically shaky finish to 2022, with losses in three of 4 video games. The workforce returns to house soil for the SheBelieves Cup subsequent month. Canada, Brazil and Japan are additionally collaborating within the match.

The World Cup kicks off July 20. The title match shall be performed Aug. 20 in Sydney. America has received back-to-back World Cups and can vie for a report third straight title.

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