U.S. Defeats England in first SheBelieves Cup Match

Crystal Dunn scored the only goal in the first ever SheBelieves Cup for a 1-0 U.S. win over England.
Crystal Dunn scored the only goal in the first ever SheBelieves Cup for a 1-0 U.S. win over England this past Thursday.

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

On Thursday, the U.S. Women’s National soccer team defeated England in its first match in the inaugural SheBelievesCup with a score of 1-0.

This game was a hard-fought game for the U.S. as they were challenged by the English defense. In the 72nd minute, Crystal Dunn drilled the ball into the net thanks to an assist from Meghan Klingenberg that gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Dunn is now tied with Carli Lloyd for the team lead lead in goals scored this year with seven. During the Olympic Qualifying tournament last month, Dunn scored five goals in a game against Puerto Rico, which ties a record for most goals scored by a U.S. player in a game.

U.S. goal keeper Hope Solo made two saves in this game. Solo recorded her 96th career shutout and earned her 145th win, which has further extended her record.

Team USA is now 7-0 in 2016 scoring a total of 29 goals and allowing none.

On Sunday, the U.S. will face France. France is coming off a loss to the Germans, but the French defense is very well orchestrated and it’s strong.

France did a good job at containing the very strong German offense. The only mistake France made was failing to clear a corner kick on the right side that allowed the Germans to score. Overall, they’re young and talented, so the U.S. should expect to be challenged.