Carli Lloyd came off the bench to score twice in the second half as the United States women’s national team routed New Zealand 5-0 in a friendly on Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
The U.S. led 2-0 on first-half goals by Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle before Lloyd struck in the 61st and 83rd minutes for a 4-0 lead. Samantha Mewis added the final tally a minute after Lloyd’s second goal.
U.S goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher did not have to make a save as New Zealand had one shot attempt.
The contest was the second of three sendoff matches for the U.S. until the Women’s World Cup starts June 7 in France. The Americans beat South Africa 3-0 on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif., and they play Mexico on May 26 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
The U.S. is 6-0-2 after opening this year with a 3-1 loss in France on Jan. 19.
The Americans took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute on Heath’s fourth goal this year and 29th in her international career after sustained pressure resulted in New Zealand keeper Erin Nayler making three saves.
However, there was no stopping the combination of Megan Rapinoe to Heath for the breakthrough goal. From the left flank, Rapinoe put a pinpoint cross to the edge of the goal box, where Heath slammed it home for 11th goal in her past 17 matches following a well-timed run.
Lavelle doubled the count in the 40th minute with a sliding left-footed 7-yard finish after a service from the left by Lindsey Horan. Lavelle has seven goals for the national team.
Lloyd got her first goal seconds after replacing Rapinoe. Heath was on the dribble down the right side when she spotted Lloyd in the middle of the box.
Lloyd made it 4-0 thanks to an assist from Christen Press to give her five goals in her past three matches and 110 all-time.
Mewis capped the scoring with a strike from distance for her third goal in two matches.
–Field Level Media