ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After a forgetful first game, the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) bounced back big in their second game by beating New Zealand 5-0 in the 2022 SheBelieves Cup at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., on February 20.
Two of the goals were provided by forwards Ashley Hatch and Mallory Pugh.
The win is a morale boost for USWNT after they only managed a scoreless draw against the visiting Czech Republic team on February 17.
The 2022 SheBelieves Cup features the USA, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Iceland.
The six matches will be played over three doubleheader events.
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.