After dropping its opening match at the Tokyo Olympics, the United States women’s national team responded on Saturday with a statement win over New Zealand.
The USWNT managed to score six goals against New Zealand, as Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Alex Morgan all found the back of the net. The Football Ferns also contributed a pair of own goals to the U.S. total.
Following the win on Saturday, Crystal Dunn addressed the team’s mindset heading into its second match for the Tokyo Olympics. Of course, the USWNT wanted to erase the bad memories from its loss to Sweden.
“Sweden was a very good team and we didn’t play our best, and when you do that up against a top opponent, they’re going to punish you,” Dunn said, via ESPN. “So that wasn’t our best performance. I think we came into Game 2 knowing that we don’t go from being a really great team two days ago to not being a great team anymore.”
FINAL | Three points baby! Took care of business ✔️
🇺🇸 6-1 🇳🇿 | #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/qaaRZyyi0R
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 24, 2021
Former USWNT midfielder Lauren Holiday liked what she saw from this year’s group on Saturday.
“And we’re back,” Holiday wrote. “Not a doubt in the world over here ladies. LFG!”
And we’re back…. @USWNT 👏🏼
Not a doubt in the world over here ladies! LFG!!!
— Lauren Holiday (@laurenholiday12) July 24, 2021
Soccer analyst Alexi Lalas had a similar reaction to the United States’ win over New Zealand, tweeting “Back in business.”
Back in business. https://t.co/ZMZel8lK2Q
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) July 24, 2021
Although this year’s squad still has some issues to correct, today’s win should give them some confidence heading into their matchup with Australia.
“Whether or not this was the dominant performance and style of play the USWNT wanted, the amount of goals scored should be enough to erase some doubt that Sweden introduced,” Caitlin Murray said. “They can go into Australia with more confidence than they came in with today, looking jittery at the start.”
Whether or not this was the dominant performance and style of play the #USWNT wanted, the amount of goals scored should be enough to erase some doubt that Sweden introduced. They can go into Australia with more confidence than they came in with today, looking jittery at the start
— Caitlin Murray (@caitlinmurr) July 24, 2021
The USWNT will face Australia in their final matchup for Group G on Tuesday.
We’ll find out then if the USWNT can keep this momentum going.
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