Friday September 18th, 2015

U.S. women’s national team midfielder Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick against Haiti in Thursday’s friendly in Detroit.

USWNT picked up a 5–0 victory in front of a record crowd of 34,538 at Ford Field—the largest soccer crowd in the stadium’s history—thanks to Lloyd’s three goals, as well as one each from Crystal Dunn and Christen Press. Dunn also assisted on one of Lloyd’s goals and Press’s.

Lloyd’s first goal came in the sixth minute on a header from the center of the box, ignited by a cross from Dunn.

Press scored the second goal of the match in the 33rd minute off a cross from Dunn.

In the 37th minute, Lloyd struck a penalty kick into the bottom right corner of the goal past Haitian goalkeeper Ednie Limage.

Lloyd struck again in the 69th minute, completing the hat trick with another header from the center of the box off a corner kick by Lauren Holliday.

USWNT’s fifth goal came in the waning seconds on a vicious header by Dunn off a cross from Heather O’Reilly. The goal was Dunn’s first with USWNT.

USWNT outshot Haiti 40–0 in the match, putting 17 shots on goal. The teams will meet again on Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.

Haiti replaced Australia as USWNT’s opponent for this week’s friendlies as the Australian players are in the midst of a strike over a pay dispute.

Mike Fiammetta

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