The U.S. Women’s National soccer team escaped a very tough French team on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Their record improved to 16-0-1 this year, scoring a total of 55 goals, tallying 15 shutouts and allowing just four goals. Their record has improved 17-1-2 all-time against France.
The U.S. scored the game’s only goal when Carli Lloyd tapped the ball into an unprotected goal thanks to assists from Kelley O’Hara, Morgan Brian, and Tobin Heath. This goal was Lloyd’s 90th of her career and eighth in Olympic competition. Lloyd is now second all-time behind Abby Wambach, who holds the record with ten Olympic goals. Lloyd now has ten goals in 2016, and it’s Lloyd’s fourth consecutive year with at least ten goals. Lloyd also earned her 226th international cap and 14th in Olympic play, tying her with teammate Hope Solo. Lloyd is currently the most-capped player in this tournament, as well.
Hope Solo made her 200th career international appearance for Team USA becoming the only goalkeeper to ever reach the double-century mark in international play. Solo also earned her 200th cap.
The U.S. is now 2-0; three points, sitting atop of Group G. With New Zealand beating Colombia, the U.S. qualified for the quarterfinals. They’ll look to win their group for the fifth consecutive time in a Olympic tournament.
They’ll wrap up Group G play on Tuesday against Colombia. Colombia has lost their first two games, allowing five goals and failing to put up any points themselves. Team USA should have no problems on Tuesday when they meet up.