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Give an assist to O'Hara, Press in USA's World Cup victory

 

Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press got in on the action Tuesday as the United States women's national soccer team walloped Thailand 13-0 in its first game of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday in Reims, France.

Former Sacred Heart Prep star Abby Dahlkemper, who started at center back with O'Hara on her right, had a birds-eye view of the proceedings. The American defenders were rarely challenged and easily brushed aside Thailand's attack.


Kelley O'Hara/USA Soccer
SHP grad and Stanford product Tierna Davidson was one of nine substitutes not used by coach Jill Ellis.

Davidson will likely get her chance when the U.S. plays Chile on Sunday at 9 a.m. in Paris. Chile lost 2-0 to Sweden in a tight match on Tuesday.

O'Hara helped kick start Team USA's and Alex Morgan's record-setting day in front of a crowd of 18,591 at Stade Auguste-Delaune.

O'Hara had the assist on the first of Morgan's five goals. She took a pass from Megan Rapinoe at the top of the penalty box and dribbled it toward the end line before crossing the ball to the back post, where Morgan headed it in.

(See the goal on FOX Soccer twitter.)

Morgan tied a team record with five goals and the U.S. set a World Cup scoring record for goals and margin of victory.

Press, who entered the game early in the second half, assisted Morgan on her third goal, scored in the 74th minute. Press picked up a ball passed to the top right corner of the penalty kick by Samantha Mewis and held on while Morgan and Carli Lloyd made runs in front of the net. Press got the ball to Morgan, who worked her magic to create open space and a score.

On Mallory Pugh's goal, Press headed the ball onto Morgan, who found Pugh open in front of the net.

In all, the U.S. out-shot Thailand 40-2, including 20-2 on goal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Soccer

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