VANCOUVER – The U.S. women’s national soccer team scored four goals in the span of 16 minutes to give them a commanding 4-1 lead over Japan at halftime of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
Captain Carli Lloyd became the first player to score a hat trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
Lloyd netted two goals in the match’s first five minutes, both off off set pieces. At the three-minute mark, she ran into the box to connect on a low corner kick to beat Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Two minutes later, Lloyd found the back of the net again off a free kick.
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Lauren Holiday scored at the 14-minute mark after a Japanese defender mishandled a ball in the box.
Lloyd then fired a ball from near midfield that caught goalkeeper Kaihori off her line.
Japan showed some life later in the…
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