Posted on April 9, 2014
In front of a crowd of 12,594, Abby Wambach led the scoring parade with a goal in the 11th minute, her 161st for the USWNT. Leroux and her Nike Mercurial Vapors scored 4 goals in a row (21’, 22’, 30’ and 41’), followed by Rachel Buehler (55’, her fifth in international play) and University of Virginia junior Morgan Brian (72’, her first in two games for the USWNT).
This was Lexroux’s 39th game for the USWNT and only her sixth start. With last night’s scoring bonanza, Leroux completed the perfect hat trick, scoring a goal with the left foot, right foot and on a header. While none of these goals were particularly astonishing, the last night’s number puts her in very prestigious company. Her four-goal game is the sixth in USWNT history, and she joins Mia Hamm (twice), Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan and Cindy Parlow in the record books.
While this match was an international friendly, it served as an excellent stage for up-and-coming talent. Erika Tymrak and Leigh Ann Robinson earned their first caps, while Brian earned her second on the senior squad.
The USWNT is now 10-0-2 in 2013, and is on a 35-game winning streak with 117 goals scored. The team is also riding a 73-game home streak with no losses, including 9 ties and 64 wins; the USWNT’s last home loss was on Nov. 6, 2004 against Denmark in Philadelphia. The USWNT is now 102-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores.
Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe sat out of match due to injuries, which require complete rest to heal properly.
The USWNT has a six-week break before more friendly matches in mid-October.