The U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) ran away with a 6-0 win against Korea Republic on Sunday afternoon at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Five different players contributed to the scoring frenzy as the USA earned its seventh shutout of the year.
The USWNT opened up scoring on a corner kick once again, but this time, the tally would come in the third minute of action. Defender Abby Dahlkemper took the corner kick from the left side of the field and placed the ball towards the back post. A wide open Sam Mewis headed the ball down towards the goal, megging the keeper in the process, to convert the first goal of the match.
Mewis struck again in the 20th minute to double the USA's lead and earn her first international brace of her career. The scoring sequence started with Casey Short playing a ball back to Lindsey Horan, who then ripped a shot towards goal. Netminder Kang Gaae made a diving save to block Horan's shot, but Mewis one-time volleyed the rebound into the back of the net.
In the 35th minute, the USWNT took a 3-0 lead off the foot of Christen Press. On the play, Alex Morgan played a perfect ball through to Press, who used her first touch to turn and set herself up for a one-on-one. Following a quick fake, Press fired a shot with the inside of her right foot from just outside the box, beating Gaae near the upper right corner of the goal.
The scoring onslaught continued into stoppage time as Julie Ertz headed home another tally off a set piece play to give the USA a 4-0 advantage going into the locker room. The initial corner kick was headed by Horan towards the front post, and Ertz managed to beat three defenders to the ball and convert her fifth goal of 2017.
At the start of the second half, USWNT head coach Jill Ellis made several substitutions, including midfielder McCall Zerboni coming on to record her first international appearance at 30 years old. Jane Campbell also started the second half to earn her second cap for the Red, White and Blue.
Megan Rapinoe jump-started the USA's attack in the second half in the 61st minute when she took advantage of a poor touch by Kim Hyeyeong and penetrated towards goal at speed. Rapinoe then played a square pass to Lynn Williams, who was wide open inside the box and slotted home the easy finish for a 5-0 lead.
Rapinoe would start another scoring sequence in the 83rd minute after chasing down a ball in the box and playing it across in the air. Substitute keeper Kim Minjung got a hand on the cross, but the ball still made it to an open Horan. She one-timed a beautiful back pass to Long, and Long finished the play with a pass into the back of the net. The score remained 6-0 at the final whistle, and the USWNT extended its win streak to six games.
The USA will return to action on November 9, traveling to Vancouver to face Canada in the first of two international friendlies to finish out the 2017 schedule.
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Date: October 22, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 2 6
KOR 0 0 0
USA – Samantha Mewis (Abby Dahlkemper) 3rd minute
USA – Samantha Mewis 20
USA – Christen Press (Alex Morgan) 35
USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan) 45 +1
USA – Lynn Williams (Megan Rapinoe) 61
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan) 83
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris (18-Jane Campbell, 46); 11-Sofia Huerta, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (25-McCall Zerboni, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Casey Short (10-Carli Lloyd, 64); 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis (20-Allie Long, 46); 12-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 23-Christen Press (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46)
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O'Hara
Head coach: Jill Ellis
KOR: 1- KANG Gaae (21-KIM Minjung, 68); 8-CHO Sohyun (capt.), 19-KIM Hyeyeong (12-YOO Younga, 63), 6-PARK Chorong (2-LEE Eunmi, 46), 17-JANG Seulgi; 13-JI Sunmi, 22-HAN Chaerin (18-SON Hwayeon, 52), 9-JEON Gaeul (14-MOON Mira, 56), 7-LEE Mina, 23-JANG Chang (15-LEE Sodam, 46); 11-LEE Geummin
Subs not used: 20-KIM Hyeri, 3-SHIN Damyeong, 4-SEO Hyunsook; 10-JI Soyun, 16-CHOE Yuri
Head coach: YOON Dukyeo
Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 18 / 9
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 4 / 1
USA – Lynn Williams (caution) 68th minute
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)