September 1, 2012
Wambach, Rapinoe score twice in USWNT 8-0 rout
ROCHESTER, N.Y. ---Hometown hero Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each scored two goals and added an assist as the united State Women's National Team, defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Saturday in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,208 at Sahlen's Stadium.
Alex Morgan also contributed a goal in the opening 45 minutes. Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly contributed goals in the second half, as the U.S. used the same starting 11 that started the Olympic gold medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium.
The USA scored five goals in the first half, and it could have been more as Costa Rica goalkeeper Erica Miranda made a whopping 11 saves in the first 45 minutes.
Rapinoe scored on a free kick in the 13th minute as her shot grazed Costa Rica's wall and went in just underneath the crossbar.
Wambach, who had multiple scoring chances throughout the first 20-plus minutes, finally found the back of the net in front of her hometown fans in the 24th minute when she placed her header into the goal off of Rachel Buehler's cross from the left.
Wambach then scored her 145th career goal in the 31st minute off of a Rapinoe corner kick from the left side as she rose above the Costa Rica defense. Costa Rica defender Daniela Cruz got her left foot on Wambach's shot, but the deflection hit the upper netting and had already crossed the goal line.
Morgan got into the scoring act in the 38th minute, eluding Cruz and placing her left-footed shot past Miranda.
Rapinoe pushed the lead to 5-0 with a strike from outside the box on the left side as Miranda partially deflected the shot and the ball trickled across the goal line.
Costa Rica's best scoring chance came in the 67th minute as Cristin Granados took a shot at the near left
side. USA backup goalkeeper Jill Loyden, who entered the match for Hope Solo 13 minutes earlier, made the save and kept the clean sheet intact.
Leroux replaced Wambach in the 72nd minute, and the Rochester fans gave Wambach a warm applause as she exited the field.
Leroux scored her ninth goal of the year in the 77th minute off of a Morgan assist for a 6-0 lead. Leroux matched a U.S. WNT record for goals scored off the bench, equaling Debbie Keller's nine goals off the bench in 1998.
Lloyd tallied a free kick goal in the 83rd minute for the team's seventh of the match - the third-highest total in a match this year. The USA opened 2012 with a 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic and a 13-0 victory against Guatemala in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in late January.
Capping off the scoring, O'Reilly scored off of a Leroux assist in the 88th minute as Leroux initially took a shot against Miranda and got the ball back after the save deflected right back to her to set up O'Reilly.
The team resumes the Fan Tribute Tour when it faces Australia at 2:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will be broadcast on NBC.