July 9, 2016
USWNT blanks South Africa, 1-0
CHICAGO -- Hope Solo became the first goalkeeper to earn 100 international shutouts as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated South Africa, 1-0, in the teamsí first meeting before a crowd of 19,272 at Soldier Field Saturday.
Solo earned her 150th career win and Crystal Dunn scored the game-winner in the 35th minute. The USA controlled possession and produced numerous chances, but the South Africans played well defensively and produced dangerous attacks.
The USA broke through as 18-year-old Mallory Pugh set up Dunn for a close-range finish. Pugh down the left side of the penalty area, then bounced a cross in front of the goal to an unmarked Dunn, who converted a first-time shot at the back post for her ninth tally of the year. Pugh earned her team-leading seventh assist through 13 games in her debut year.
In the 48th minute, Nothando Vilakazi cleared off the line after Allie Long headed a Kelley O'Hara cross past Roxanne Barker.
Solo stopped two shots on goal and dominated the penalty area, reaching 100 shutouts in her 197th appearance, her 150th career win extending her record for a goalkeeper.
The USA (13-0-1, 12 shutouts this year) and South Africa were playing for the first time at any level of women's soccer.
Carli Lloyd replaced Lindsey Horan after halftime, her first appearance since April 10, after she sustained an MCL sprain with the Houston Dash on April 23.
Dunn trails Alex Morgan (11) for team lead in goals. Heather O'Reilly earned her 230th cap, Lloyd her 223rd and Ali Krieger her 90th for the U.S.