The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Japan 5-2 on Sunday behind goals from Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, and Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath.
From the opening whistle, the U.S. relentlessly attacked the Japanese goal, scoring their first in just the 3rd minute when Carli Lloyd finished the first of her three goals off of a U.S. corner kick. With that goal, Lloyd became the first American to score in four straight World Cup games.
These have been great goals, but the delayed run on No. 1 couldn't have been better. Just replay this for hours: https://t.co/EPigoaWq4F— TopDrawerSoccer (@TopDrawerSoccer) July 5, 2015
Lloyd pounced again in the 5th minute, when she tucked away a pass in the box. Lloyd's second goal came off of a free kick earned by Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath.
Lauren Holiday made the lead 3-0 in the 14th minute when she blasted an errant Japanese clearance past goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.
Then, less than two minutes later, Lloyd scored her third goal of the match, an audacious 58 yard chip that Kaihori could only watch deflect off of her glove and into the back of the net.
Down 4-0, the Japanese did not hang their heads. Yuki Ogimi, a former teammate of Thorns forward Ayo at Turbine Potsdam, pulled one back for Japan in the 27th minute. They struck again in the 52nd minute, when U.S. defender Julie Johnston put one in the back of her own net. Suddenly, with the score 4-2, Japan looked to be back in the game.
But the U.S. proved too much for the Japanese. Two minutes after the Johnston own goal, Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath powered home a pass from Morgan Brian.
Stoked for @TobinHeath - She's got some SERIOUS game to her.— Brian Dunseth (@BrianDunseth) July 6, 2015
The 5-2 scoreline proved insurmountable for the Japanese and when the referee blew her final whistle, the U.S. bench rushed the field in celebration.
The U.S. are world champions for the third time.