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American women open Olympics with soccer win over New Zealand

 

Carli Lloyd started the party with a goal in the ninth minute and the United States women's Olympic soccer team opened defense of its gold medal with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand on Wednesday at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Alex Morgan also scored for the Americans, who remain unbeaten on the year with a 15-0-1 overall record.


Ali Riley
Team USA plays France on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT, also in Belo Horizonte, about 270 miles north of Rio de Janiero. The U.S. completes group play against Colombia on Tuesday in Manaus, more than 1,700 miles from Rio.

Lloyd opened the scoring with a beautiful header over the on-rushing Ferns goalkeeper. The play was nicely set up by Tobin Heath's perfectly aligned crossing pass from the left.

Morgan scored on an assists from Morgan Brian. Morgan recorded her fifth Olympic goal, her 12th of the year and 68th overall international goal.

Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara, playing in the back, helped the Americans keep New Zealand out of the goal.

Cardinal grad Ali Riley, a defender for the Ferns, was issued a yellow card in the 30th minute, one of three yellow cards delivered to the Ferns.

Stanford Christen Press took over for Morgan in the 81st minute.

U.S. goalie Hope Solo easily handled the one shot on goal taken by the Ferns, who attempted four shots overall.

The U.S., which held possession for 63 percent of the game, took 12 shots, six on goal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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