December 10, 2015
Press connects for three as WNT romps past T&T
SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Women's National Team's Victory Tour continued Thursday with a lopsided 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome.
|Christen Press recorded her third career hat trick in Thursday's 6-0 US win over Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome.
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Forward Christen Press recorded her third career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the second half after coming on in the 60th minute for Alex Morgan, who scored her 56th career goal on a breakaway in the 52nd minute. Carli Lloyd scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick, and Lindsey Horan added the final tally. It was Horan's first international goal at the senior level. She also added two assists.
The USA was in control from the start, out-shooting Trinidad & Tobago 29-1. T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes kept her side in the match with 11 saves, most coming in the first half. However, she also opened the door for the first US goal, colliding with Morgan in the 22nd minute to send Lloyd to the spot.
Morgan made the score 2-0 in the 52nd, running onto a through ball from Horan, beating T&T's offside trap and slotting a shot to the lower right corner.
Three 60th minute subs - Press, Ali Krieger and Stephanie McCaffrey - provided the spark that allowed the US Women to pull away. Press connected off her first touch of the game, taking a cross from Lloyd, spinning past her defenders and scoring from outside the box.
In the 75th minute, Press finished off a passing sequence that started with McCaffrey's service to Krieger. Krieger took the ball to the end line before cutting it back to Press, who one-touched it home from in front of the goal.
Press completed her hat trick nine minutes later. Horan collected her second assist of the match with a lofted pass that Press headed home.
Horan finally got a goal of her own in the second minute of stoppage time, after Press dummied McCaffrey's pass through to the 21-year-old.
The win extended the WNT's home unbeaten streak to 103 games (90-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.