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Press scores a hat trick for USA women 8-0 soccer victory

 

Stanford grad Christen Press scored three times and the world champion U.S. women's national soccer team opened its Victory Tour with an 8-0 win over Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

The attendance set a record for the largest crowd for a stand-alone U.S. WNT match on home soil.

Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg scored early in the second half, by which time the USA already held a substantial lead.

Heather O'Reilly added a pair of goals and defenders Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen also scored while Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo split the goalkeeping duties for the shutout. Solo made three saves in the second half on Costa Rica's only three shots.

The U.S. hosts Costa Rica on Wednesday in Chattanooga, Tenn., where a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 at Finlay Stadium is expected. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. PT and can be seen on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

Team USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 11-0-0.

The USA will continue its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 17 and 20, respectively.

Press scored her first goal after Megan Rapinoe chipped the ball through the Costa Rica defense inside the penalty area.

After a nice collection that opened up space for a shot, Press saw her first, right-footed effort blocked by a defender but was first to the rebound and drilled a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.

Press scored her second goal just before halftime. She scored after a Rapinoe corner kick connected with Shannon Boxx at the back post.

Boxx sent a header back across goal that fell to the feet of Press in the center of the six-yard box. She slammed the ball home from close range just before the halftime whistle.

Press completed her hat trick by scoring the game's final goal.

Heather O'Reilly drove down the left flank and picked out Press who was making a delayed run into the Costa Rica box. With one deft touch, Press controlled the ball, stole a look at goal and then snapped a shot from near the top of the box into the upper left-hand corner of the goal to put the finishing touch on the second hat trick of her career.

— USA soccer

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