KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The US Women's National Team got their World Cup title defense off to a resounding start as they easily thrashed Thailand on Tuesday at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France.
Seven players would put their names on the score sheet, with Alex Morgan leading the way with five goals. The mark by Morgan matched her with former USWNT forward Michelle Akers for the most goals in a single World Cup game.
Morgan would open the scoring for the United States 12 minutes into the contest as she headed in a cross from point-blank range following a cross Kelley O'Hara.
Eight minutes later, the Americans doubled their lead through Rose Lavelle, with Morgan being the provider this time around, as she teed up the midfield to take a long-range strike that took a bounce past Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying before hitting the back of the net.
Lindsey Horan extended the US lead just after the half-hour mark as she smashed the ball home from close range following a minor scramble in the area for the ball from a free-kick.
More goals could have come from the US side in the first half, but Charoenying and the Thai back line did well to keep the score at 3-0 when the referee blew the whistle for halftime.
However, the glut of goals would continue in the second half with the US showing no mercy.
Samantha Mewis made it 4-0 in the 50th minute when she took a pass from Megan Rapinoe and turned to fire her deflected shot into the Thai goal.
Mewis would add another goal to her tally in what would be a series of strikes in the span of six minutes, including Morgan and Lavelle.
The United States did not stop as Morgan added three more goals, with further more coming from Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh, and Carli Lloyd.
The record-setting win puts the United States atop of Group F with three points, ahead of Sweden on goal difference.
The women next head to Paris for their second group game against Chile on Sunday.