September 16, 2012
U.S. posts another win on Morgan, Boxx goals
CARSON, Calif. --Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx each scored in the second half as the U.S. Women's National Team came from behind to defeat Australia 2-1 in front of 19,851 at the Home Depot Center on Sunday.
|Shannon Boxx scored the U.S. game winner on a second half penalty kick
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The United States has never lost to the Matildas, posting a 20-0-2 all-time record. The win was also the 11th straight for the Olympic Gold Medalists, who have a 22-1-1 in 2012.
Australia opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a goal from Lisa de Vanna. De Vanna received the ball near the left sideline and turned on U.S. captain Christie Rampone, streaking straight for the goal. Breaking into the penalty area, she fired a high shot past an outstretched Hope Solo into the right side of the goal.
Morgan equalized in the 55th minute on a shot from the right side of the 18-yard box. Second-half sub Heather O'Reilly carried the ball up the middle of the field and passed to Morgan on the right. Morgan settled it inside the penalty area and cut to her left to free herself from her defender, blasting a shot past Australia goalkeeper Brianna Davey. It was the 32nd goal in 50 international matches for the California born Morgan.
Boxx scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute, sending a penalty kick just inside the right post past a diving Davey. Two minutes earlier, Davey raced out to close down Morgan running into the box for a through-ball from Tobin Heath, clipping her just inside the 18-yard box and giving up the penalty kick.
The U.S. will face Australia again on Wednesday Sept. 19 (9pm ET/ESPN2), at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., in what will be head coach Pia Sundhage's final match, before leaving for the head coaching job of her native Sweden's national team. With the win on Sunday, Sundhage improved her USA coaching record to 90-6-10.