The U.S. Women’s National Team escaped with a 1-1 result against Australia on Sunday night after Lindsey Horan scored the equalizer in the final minute of regulation off a Megan Rapinoe corner kick. The draw extends the USA’s current unbeaten streak to 18 games, going 15-0-3 in that span.
Although the USA had the possession and shot advantage in the first half - maintaining 64 percent of the possession and out-shooting Australia 9-5 - the Aussies found the back of the net first and took an early 1-0 lead.
The play began off a short corner kick attempt by Rapinoe that was cleared away by the Matildas. Lisa De Vanna collected the ball just outside the 18-yard box and was off to the races with a counterattack opportunity. She dribbled up the field and into the final third before dishing the ball to Chloe Logarzo, who beat USA netminder Alyssa Naeher near post in the 22nd minute of action for the first tally of the match.
In the second half, the U.S. WNT continue to hold the possession and shot advantage, but could not find the equalizer until very late in the match. The USA finally broke through in the 90th minute of play with a Rapinoe corner kick that found Horan near the back post to finish with her head for the game-tying final score.
With the tie between the USA and Australia, both teams improve to 4 points each, and along with Brazil (who have 3 points after a 2-0 win against Japan on Sunday), remain in contention for the tournament title, with only Japan eliminated after two consecutive losses.
The 2018 Tournament of Nations will crown a champion in the Midwest, with the teams traveling to Bridgeview, Ill. for the final date of games as Australia takes on Japan (4:45 p.m. CT; ussoccer.com), in a AFC Women’s Asia Cup final rematch, and the USA takes on Brazil (8:30 p.m. CT) live on FS1 on Thursday, Aug. 2.
U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Australia
Date: July 29, 2018
Competition: Tournament of Nations
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
AUS 1 0 1
AUS - Chloe Logarzo (Lisa De Vanna) 22nd minute
USA - Lindsey Horan (Megan Rapinoe) 90
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Emily Sonnett (14-Casey Short, 79), 7-Abby Dahlkemper (16-Rose Lavelle, 79), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn (10-Carli Lloyd, 87); 2-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 6-Morgan Brian (5-McCall Zerboni, 63); 17-Tobin Heath (23-Christen Press, 74), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe
Head coach: Jill Ellis
AUS: 1-Lydia Williams; 4-Clare Polkinghorne, 6-Chloe Logarzo (9-Caitlin Foord, 85), 8-Elise Kellond-Knight (capt.), 10-Emily Van Egmond, 11-Lisa De Vanna (17-Kyah Simon, 58), 13-Tameka Butt, 14-Alanna Kennedy, 16-Hayley Raso (15-Emily Gielnik, 90+5), 20-Sam Kerr (19-Katrina Gorry, 90+1), 21-Ellie Carpenter
Subs not used: 3-Amy Sayer, 5-Mary Fowler, 7-Laura Alleway, 18-Mackenzie Arnold, 22-Larissa Crummer, 23-Alex Chidiac
Head coach: Alen Stajcic
Final Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 18 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 4 / 2
AUS - Chloe Logarzo (caution) 37th minute
AUS - Lydia Williams (caution) 57
AUS - Emily Van Egmond (caution) 83
Referee: Miriam Leon (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)