U.S. WNT wins inaugural SheBelievesCup

US WNT's Alex Morgan knotted the game up 1-1 against Germany. Photo Courtesy: JoshJdss
US WNT’s Alex Morgan knotted the game up 1-1 against Germany. Photo Courtesy: JoshJdss

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. WNT defeated Germany 2-1 to win the first ever SheBelievesCup. This was a rematch between these two teams from the semifinals match in last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament, where the U.S. pulled an upset against the heavily favored Germans, and went on to win the World Cup. The U.S. WNT are now 20-4-7 against Germany.

Germany needed either a win or tie to claim the title, but Team USA would not allow the Germans to win a title on American soil.

Germany took the lead during the 29th minute when Anja Mittag, thanks to an assist from Isabel Keshowski, made a low and driven shot between a group of U.S. defenders that flew past Hope Solo and into the net.

Six minutes later, Alex Morgan drilled the ball into the German goal with an assist from Meghan Klingenberg, which tied the game at 1-1. This was Morgan’s eighth goal in 2016, and her 64th international goal. Morgan now leads the team in goals scored this year.

Six minutes after that, Samantha Mewis stole the ball from German midfielder Melanie Behringer in the penalty box, then made a left-footed shot that deflected of a German defender and went of out of reach of the German goalkeeper, and into the net that gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead, which ended up being the decider. This was Mewis’ second goal of the year and second international.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 147th win, which has further extended her all-time record, however, her eight-game streak without allowing a goal came to an end. In this game, Hope Solo allowed her first goal in 2016. Regardless, she’s still three shutout wins away from reaching the century mark. If she does, she’ll be the first American goalkeeper to do so.

Alex Morgan was awarded the tournament’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards, and Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove as she allowed just one goal in three matches.

Now that this tournament is over, the U.S. WNT can begin preparing for this summer’s Olympic Games. They will have an International friendly exhibition match against Colombia on April 6 and April 10.