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OCT 27
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SheBelieves Cup: United States, England win on Day 1
The tournament now moves to New Jersey
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe scored her 35th international goal on Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo credit: Greg Bartram/isiphotos.com)
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe scored her 35th international goal on Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo credit: Greg Bartram/isiphotos.com)

On a rainy and windy evening in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. women’s national team beat Germany 1-0 to open their SheBelieves Cup campaign.

 

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe put the U.S. on the board in the 17th minute. The play started with a punt from Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher that was was won in midfield by Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan and headed on down field. Rapinoe sped down the field and in behind the German defense. Her left-footed shot went through the legs of Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult and into the back of the net.

 

Sky Blue FC forward Savannah McCaskill, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, entered the match in the 72nd minute for her second career cap. McCaskill replaced Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz, who nearly scored earlier in the half, but just missed getting on the end of a header in the box.

 

 

Former Red Stars midfielder Morgan Brian subbed in the 64th minute for her first minutes of the year. Portland Thorns FC defender Emily Sonnett entered in the 86th minute and the U.S. played with five in the back to close out the match.

 

The United States will next play France on Sunday in Harrison, New Jersey. The gold medal-winning United States women’s ice hockey team will be honored at halftime of the game.

 

Germany will take on England in the second match on Sunday.

 

England 4 France 1

Earlier in the day, England routed France 4-1 to kick off the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. England scored early and never looked back on a rainy, windy and, at times, snowy afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

Toni Duggan opened the scoring for England in the seventh minute with a long-distance strike to beat France goalkeeper Karima Benameur. The win was England’s first under new coach Phil Neville.

Jill Scott doubled the lead in the 28th minute following some nice passing between Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris.

New Seattle Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor made it 3-0 in the 39th minute with a cool right-footed finish.

 

 

 

Taylor nearly scored earlier in the match but her shot went off the crossbar.

 

Fran Kirby put the Lionesses up 4-0 in the 47th minute. France got a consolation goal in the 78th minute from Gaëtane Thiney, but were never really in the match.

 

It’s the second straight loss for France vs. England following a 1-0 quarterfinal loss at the Euro 2017 tournament last summer.

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