The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated world No. 6 Australia, 5-3 on Thursday night in front of 17,264 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as Alex Morgan scored the 100th goal of her career and Mallory Pugh notched two goals in front of her hometown crowd.
The USA had more chances in the first half and capitalized early on when Morgan opened the scoring in the 14th minute, joining six other American women in the exclusive 100-goal club. Australia’s Lisa De Vanna tied it up at 1-1 in the 29th minute, a score line the teams took into halftime.
In the second half, Australia and the USA combined for six goals, with Australia jumping to a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute courtesy of Caitlin Foord. The USA quickly leveled minutes later when Tobin Heath headed home the equalizer before Megan Rapinoe and Pugh added two more to distance the U.S. from The Matildas. Sam Kerr cut the U.S. lead to one with 10 minutes remaining in regulation, but Pugh put the cherry on top of the U.S. win with her second goal of the game just before the final whistle.
Up Next: The WNT heads to Southern California to play Belgium on Sunday, April 7 (6 p.m. PT, ESPN2) at Banc of California Stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Following that match, players will return to their NWSL clubs before gathering in early May to embark on its three-game Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods. The USA will face South Africa on May 12 in Santa Clara, California at Levi’s Stadium; continue on to St. Louis to take on New Zealand at Busch Stadium on May 16 and finish up the Send-Off Series vs. Mexico at Red Bull Arena on May 26 in Harrison, N.J.