The U.S. WNT pulled off a second consecutive victory against Mexico tonight, defeating them 4-0 in Rochester. N.Y. before the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifiers next month.
The first half wasn’t much different from last week’s performance in Utah. The U.S. immediately took possession and kept firm control over the ball. The shots came strong and it didn’t take long for Amy Rodriguez to open scoring in the 9th minute. Megan Rapinoe attacked the opposition, forcing the ball loose and Rodriguez was there to power it home.
Mexico picked up the slack and was able to defend for most of the half, but they would let their composure down in the 36th minute. A sharp long ball was sent into the box and headed by a Mexican defender before falling to Rapinoe. She sprang into action and one-timed a perfect shot straight passed the goalkeeper and into the net.
To finish off the American takeover, Tobin Heath snuck one last goal in the 44th minute. A cross was sent into the box and she jumped on it before they could catch it, firing confidently to put the U.S. up 3-0 at the half.
The Mexicans came back with determination and did a great job keeping up the defensive momentum in the second half. Though the Americans applied that overwhelming pressure, they held off some deadly shots. But it was only a matter of time, as Alex Morgan was the one causing trouble throughout.
In the 79th minute a scramble in the box found Morgan wrestling with the goalkeeper for the ball. It came loose to Heather O’Reilly, she lobbed it over to Morgan, and she headed in a beautiful shot to cement the score 4-0.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
MEX 0 0 0
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe) 9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe 37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez) 44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly) 79
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61), 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2
MEX – Stephany Mayor (caution) 72nd minute