By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports activities Author
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Christen Press scored late within the first half, Lynn Williams added a aim within the remaining moments and the U.S. ladies’s nationwide staff wrapped up its Summer season Collection with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Wednesday evening within the final match earlier than selecting a lineup for the Olympics.
The united statesswept to 3 shutout victories within the tune-up sequence for the world’s No. 1-ranked squad heading to Tokyo in July.
Temperatures had been within the low 90s at kickoff and whereas the U.S. dominated possession all through, it created few possibilities at aim till Press lastly broke by way of in added time on the finish of the primary half.
A failed clearance by Nigeria fell to Carli Lloyd to faucet the ball previous a defender to Press, who was left huge open and hit a left-footed strike to the alternative nook simply previous the fingertips of diving aim keeper Tochukwu Oluehi.
Profession aim No. 61 was one other spectacular second from Press, who had one aim and three assists within the Summer season Collection and has been straight concerned in 34 of the final 36 objectives for the nationwide staff.
Press assisted the rating by Williams, who got here on within the 88th minute and slipped the ball previous Oluehi on a breakaway.
The U.S. ladies are 9-0-1 this 12 months are undefeated in 42 straight matches, the third-longest streak in staff historical past. The staff is undefeated in 56 video games on American soil.
Coach Vlatko Andonovski now has to trim his roster to 18 gamers for Tokyo. That lineup is scheduled to play two pre-Olympic warm-up matches earlier than dealing with rival Sweden in its opening match of the Olympics July 21.
The U.S. lineup in opposition to Nigeria featured six modifications from the earlier matchup in opposition to Jamaica, with Alyssa Naeher again in aim and Kristie Mewis in midfield for Rose Lavelle, who rolled ankle Sunday in a 4-0 win over Jamaica and left that recreation as a precaution.
Naeher recorded her forty second profession shutout and thirteenth in her final 14 appearances, however had a largely quiet evening behind a protection that shortly shut down what little possession Nigeria may handle within the U.S. half of the sector.
The sport was the opening match at model new Q2 Stadium, dwelling of the MLS growth franchise Austin FC.
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