CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS to Head Coach JILL ELLIS, Captain CHRISTIE RAMPONE and The U. S. SOCCER WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM (#USWNT) for their 5 - 2 victory over JAPAN yesterday in the 2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL in VANCOUVER, CANADA, to win the 2015 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
U. S. SOCCER reports that the U. S. SOCCER WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM is now the first three-time FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP WINNER.
In the first 16 minutes of play the USA took a 4-0 lead over Japan after Carli Lloyd netted the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history and Lauren Holiday added a goal to put the USA up by a wide margin.
Japan ended the USA’s record-tying shutout streak at 540 minutes by scoring in the 28th minute. The Asian nation built a bit of momentum early in the second half as Julie Johnston’s defensive clearance instead sent the ball into the USA’s net. However, Tobin Heath responded two minutes later to make it 5-2 and complete the highest scoring Final (seven goals) in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.
Lloyd and goalkeeper Hope Solo were awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Glove, as the best player and the best goalkeeper at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, respectively. It was the second straight Golden Glove award for Solo (she also won it in 2011) and the first for Lloyd. Lloyd became the second American to win the award, joining Carin Jennings, who won it in 1991.
The USA is now the only country to win three Women’s World Cups and the country to score the most goals (5) in a WWC Final – no other team has scored more than two.