March 6, 2016
Morgan goal gives U.S. 1-0 win over France
NASHVILLE - A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Alex Morgan lifted the U.S. Women's National Team past France 1-0 at Nissan Stadium Sunday.
It was the USA's second 1-0 win in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup after defeating England on March 3. The USA currently sits atop the tournament standings with six points.
The crowd of 25,363 set a new record for a U.S. WNT match in the state of Tennessee, breaking the previous mark of 21,535 that watched the USA play Costa Rica in Chattanooga on August 19, 2015.
In an even match that saw that saw excellent chances and quality overall play from both teams, Morgan's goal came in the first minute of stoppage time when midfielder Mallory Pugh brought a ball down at midfield and penetrated into the France defensive half. With Morgan making a run behind the France back line, Pugh slipped her a perfectly-weight pass and the speedy U.S. striker racedinto the penalty area before hitting a left-footed blast past onrushing goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi and into the lower right corner.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo made three saves, two of them back to back . In the 14th minute, Forward Louisa Necib took the set piece and spun a shot that was head into the upper right corner. Solo was up to the task and with her outstretched her right arm pushed the ball over the cross bar for a France corner kick.
On the ensuing corner kick, France played a cross that was initially cleared but the cross back into the penalty area was deflected off the left post by Carli Lloyd. The rebound bounced to Marie-Laure Delie and Solo saved point-blank attempt with a flying dive to her left. Eugenie Le Sommer took another shot after but her attempt was wide.
The game marked Solo's 97th career shutout and 146th win, further extending her U.S. records. She is now three shutouts away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the century mark.
The U.S. WNT will face Germany in its third and final match of the SheBelieves Cup on March 9 (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN3) at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.