USWNT

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) two-game friendly games with Australia ended with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
Playing in front of 20,459 fans at McDonald Jones Stadium, Forward Ashley Hatch scored in just the 4th minute and a strong performance from a young USA squad enabled the USA to finish the trip to Australia with a win and a draw.
The U.S. opened the scoring after a brilliant pass from forward Lynn Williams found teammate Margaret Purce, who ran the ball down near the end line to the right of the goal. She then calmly laid off a pass back toward the heart of the penalty box to meet Hatch’s run for a one-time finish and another early lead.
The goal marked Hatch’s second career tally and second in as many matches. The 2021 NWSL Golden Boot winner scored the third-fastest goal in USWNT history when she notched her first international goal to open the scoring just 24 seconds into the team’s 3-0 victory over the Matildas on Nov. 27 at the Stadium Australia, site of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in Sydney, Australia.
Aside from Hatch, Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan provided the other goals for USWNT in their win.
The USWNT roster features 10 players from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics squad and 12 players with 10 caps or less — including five uncapped players. The average age of the squad is 26.3 years.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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