ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) is feeling good on Wednesday after they beat Iceland 5-0 to win the 2022 SheBelieves Cup in Frisco, Texas.
Goals from forwards Catarina Macario and Mallory Pugh led the team to its third consecutive SheBelieves Cup title and fifth overall as Pugh became the 24th player in USWNT history to record 20 or more goals and 20 or more assists. Her goals tonight were the 20th and 21st of her international career and she ended as the tournament’s leading scorer with three goals. She also has 21 career assists.
The USA, which came into the match needing a win to lift the trophy, finished atop the tournament standings with seven points from two wins and a tie. Iceland finished second with six points, the Czech Republic was third with two points and New Zealand finished fourth with one point from its 0-0 draw with the Czechs in the first game of the evening.
One of the members of the USWNT in the tournament is our very own Kelley O’Hara who helped the Washington Spirit to win the National Women’s Soccer League championship with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars on November 20 at the Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
O’Hara scored in the 97th minute to carry her team to victory against the Stars.
The goal is special for O’Hara since it is her first goal of the season.
Her game-winning back-post header came off a pass from Trinity Rodman, the NWSL Rookie of the Year.
O’Hara said winning the championship is “the best feeling ever”.
“I can’t describe it, because of everything we’ve been through, and the fact that we’re ending it as NWSL champions is pretty crazy and very special,” O’Hara said.
“I’m proud of this team. People have no idea what we’ve all gone through, and the resiliency and the perseverance of every single player on this team are pretty incredible,” O’Hara added.
O’Hara is coming off a successful Olympics where she featured in five of the six matches en route to her second Olympic medal.
For the Spirit in 2021, O’Hara has featured in eight games, starting six of those and totaling 562 minutes.
O’Hara is also a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist.
She previously played professionally for FC Gold Pride, Boston Breakers, Sky Blue FC, and Utah Royals FC.