Abby Wambach Nets a Brace as U.S. Women Rout China
Photo by Marco Torres
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There's something about the Houston air that brings out the best in the US Women's National Soccer Team. Wednesday night, in front of 15, 643 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium, the ladies routed China 4-0.
And if there's one person in particular that loves our "precious" air, it's Abby Wombach. After a five goal performance back in 2004 -- the last time the National Team was in town -- she notched two more last night. The second, a laser shot in the 63rd minute, was here 150th career international goal.
It took the Americans a good 15 minutes before they really started to put the Chinese on their heels. The US started to move the ball on the wings to spread the Chinese defense that was so dense in the middle of the field. In the 20th minute Heather O'Reilly sent a curling cross into the six yard box where only Wambach could reach. It was 1-0 after that.
The US Women continued to dominate possession. Carli Lloyd made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, heading in corner kick. A minute later, Wambach again connected, this time it was a laser shot just inside the 18. To add a little salt to the Chinese's wound, Amy Rodriguez capped the night with volley shot to goal in the 85th minute.
Perhaps more impressive than the four goals they scored on the night was the fact that the shutout is the fourth in a row for the US Women. According to Lloyd, the shutout wasn't as smooth as the stats suggested.
"You know Hope [Solo] wasn't too busy in this game, but I thought overall it was a fun game," Lloyd told Hair Balls following the match. "It was good, it was definitely a battle; you know there are definitely some bruises that are coming away after this game."
The combination of Solo and her second half replacement, Nicole Bernhart, were pretty much rendered useless on the night. The Chinese didn't manage a single shot on goal, and only threatened midway through the first half with a pair of consecutive corner kicks.
In the end, Lloyd was happy with the total team effort on both sides of the field.
"Even though it's a fan celebration tour, you know we still want to compete; we still want to win," Lloyd said. "It's great to come away with four goals."
The ladies of US soccer will head to Boca Raton, FL to face the Chinese for third consecutive match on Saturday. That game will be televised on NBC Sports Network at 7 pm.
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