U.S. women’s national team forward Christen Press made a huge impact after coming in as a second half substitute against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, scoring a hat trick in the 6–0 win.
After a slow first half in which it only managed one goal, the USWNT came alive in the second half, scoring five goals within the last 40 minutes of the game. Along with Press, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Lindsey Horan all added their names to the score sheet.
Lloyd got the scoring started for the team, connecting on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute. The penalty was not without controversy, as Alex Morgan appeared to make contact with the goalie Kimika Forbes first on what was ruled a foul against Trinidad.
Morgan got in on the scoring in the 52nd minute, taking a perfectly placed pass from Horan and easily flipping the ball past Forbes.
Press scored the first of her three goals on a strike from just outside the 18-yard box.
Her second goal came with a little luck, as her shot from in front of the net deflected off a Trinidad defender and went right through the legs of Forbes.
Press finished off the hat trick an easy header in the 84th minute. The goal was her ninth in international play this season.
Horan finished off the scoring with an uncontested shot inside the box. The goal is her first with the senior team.