The USWNT beat New Zealand for the second time in four nights. 

By Daniel Rapaport
September 19, 2017

Alex Morgan scored twice to lead the United States women's national team to a comfortable 5-0 victory over New Zealand in Cincinnati Tuesday night.

Morgan's second goal was her 77th for the national team, which puts her in seventh place on the USWNT's all-time list. The USWNT also beat New Zealand 3-1 on Saturday in Commerce City, Co.

Midfielder Lindsay Horan led off the scoring with an athletic diving header in the 36th minute. Samantha Mewis played in a menacing ball to the top of the box, where Horan beat her defender to the ball before launching a looping header of the New Zealand keeper. 

The next goal was a thing of one-touch beauty. After a lackluster clearance from the New Zealand defender, the U.S. won the ball and played two one-touch passes to find Horan just past midfield. Horan played her own one-touch pass, a perfectly weighted through ball that found a streaking Mallory Pugh. Pugh's finish was clinical. 

Morgan then scored the first of her brace by capitalizing on a mistake by the New Zealand defense. A Kiwi defender failed to deal with a cross, leading to a bouncing ball int he box. Morgan pounced and slotted a shot through the keeper's legs. 

Substitute Lynn Williams joined in on the fun in the 55th minute with a perfectly placed header. 

Morgan added her second to claim seventh on the all-time list, and what a beauty it was. She trapped a hard cross with her right foot and fired a left footed half-volley off the crossbar. By the time the keeper realized what was going on, the ball was in the back of the net. 

Next up for the USWNT is a matchup against South Korea on Oct. 19 at the Superdome in New Orleans, three days prior to a rematch at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.. 

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