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Sports - September 6, 2019

Christen Press assists U.S. winning ways

Former Stanford All-American leads team in assists this year

by Rick Eymer

Christen Press reigns supreme as Stanford's most prolific goal scorer. She's also the Cardinal all-time leader with 41 assists. It comes as no surprise that Press is the assist leader for the United States women's national soccer team this season.

Press missed two chances to score her 50th career goal for the national team but was spot on when delivering a picture-perfect corner kick to Lindsey Horan, who drove a header into the center of the net, just over the keeper's head, in the 83rd minute.

The goal put the exclamation point on USA's 3-0 victory over Portugal on Tuesday night at Allainz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota before a sellout crowd of 19,600.

The Americans returned to their respective National Women's Soccer League teams until continuing the tour next month with a pair of matches against Korea Republic in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 3 and in Chicago on Oct. 6.

The U.S. has won 16 consecutive matches, its longest since an 18-match streak between July, 1990 and May 25, 1991.

The U.S. is unbeaten on home soil over its last 34 matches, 28 wins and five draws. The last loss at home was July 27, 2017 vs. Australia, a 1-0 setback in Seattle.

Carli Lloyd took care of the first two goals, her 20th career multigoal match, scoring both in the first half. Lloyd has 117 career goals in 284 games for the U.S.

In her 20th appearance of the year, Press recorded her team-leading 11th assist. She has 31 career assists in 124 appearances.

Press opened the second half for the Americans, as did Sacred Heart Prep grad and former Stanford All-American Tierna Davidson.

Fellow SHP alum Abby Dahlkemper played the full game, earning her 50th cap. She has played the most minutes of anybody on the team in 2019 with 1,607.

Press had an opportunity to score in the first few minutes of the second half that Portugal In


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