BY LYNNA DO
A foggy and overcast day was not going to stop more than 16,000 fans from packing Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to cheer on and support the Women’s National Soccer teams from the United States and New Zealand.
Sunday, October 27, 2013 was the first of two friendly matches that the teams will meet up and play against each other. The second match will take place this Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
In this first ever women’s sporting event held at Candlestick Park, the US women’s team defeated the women’s team from New Zealand 4 to 1. Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal for the United States team in the seventh minute. Carli Lloyd scored the second goal for the US Women in the twelfth minute, and with four minutes before the end of the first half, Christen Press scored the third goal. Going into halftime, the US Women lead 3-0.
Hannah Wilkinson put the women of New Zealand on the board with a goal in the fifty-fourth minute, ending a potential shutout. Heather O’Reilly scored the fourth and final goal of the game for the United States in the eighty-seventh minute.
US Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni stated that he felt that team New Zealand “controlled much of the pace and game during the second half.”
Megan Rapinoe agreed with her coach: “We want to be better implementing our style, kind of being the aggressors in terms of that for the game. Still 4-1, which is good, but we would’ve liked to dictate the style a little bit more.”
Carli Lloyd stated, “Overall we played a fairly decent game, four great goals. There are some things we can obviously take away and learn and improve on from this game. I know that we’ll go back to the drawing board with Tom [Sermanni] and the coaching staff and look at some film and see where we can improve.”
Lynna Do is also known as Wiki-Lynna to her friends because she retains a lot of random (and not so random) knowledge. A typical Type A personality, Capricorn and political junkie, you can find her onFacebook and Twitter.