Rapinoe scores early, US beats New Zealand 4-1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly scored to help the U.S. women’s team beat New Zealand 4-1 in an international friendly Sunday to extend its unbeaten streak to 37 games.
Hannah Wilkinson scored for New Zealand.
“The first 10 or 15 minutes we looked quite shaky,” New Zealand coach Tony Readings said. “The U.S. is a step up and it took a while to get up to speed.”
The Americans are unbeaten at home since 2004, a stretch that includes 75 games.
“In the second half we got out of our rhythm and allowed New Zealand to dictate,” U.S. coach Tom Sermanni said. “It was a tough fight in the second half.”
Hope Solo had a pair of saves in the first half, including a 1-on-1 with Wilkinson. Nicole Barnhart was in the net for the second half.
Rapinoe opened the scoring in the seventh minute, converting a free kick from just outside the box, with Lloyd and Press also scoring before half time.
The U.S. women are in the midst of three games in 10 days. They beat Australia 4-0 in San Antonio on Oct. 20 and will play New Zealand again in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday night.