USA Wins Summer Series After Defeating Super Falcons
The United States of America defeated the Super Falcons of Nigeria 2-0 to emerge winners of the Summer Series four-nation tournament.
Late goals in the first and second halves from Christen Press and Lynn Williams sealed the win for the host team.
It was the Falcons second defeat in three games in the invitational tournament while the US claimed their third win.
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They lost 1-0 to Jamaica their opening game before drawing 3-3 with Portugal in their second.
Falcons keeper Tochukwu Oluehi was called into action on 19 minutes making a diving save off Sam Mewis.
In the 21st minute Onome Ebi received a pass from Oluehi, Lloyd bears down, and blocked the clearance, forcing Oluehi into another save.
The American went close in the 25th minute after a crossfield ball to Megan Rapinoe whose header forced another fine save from Oluehi.
The Falcons should have scored on 38 minutes following a great hustle by Asisat Oshoala whose effort was blocked. She won it back and laid it for Toni Payne, who blasted it over.
But two minutes of first half added time the Americans opened the scoring after play broke down for the Falcons in the middle which saw Glory Ogbonna miss her challenge which saw Christen Press curl her effort past Oluehi.
Two minutes into the second half Oluehi came way out to break up a looming attack, and had to retreat to her goal to deny Carli Lloyd.
The Falcons continued to chase the game for the equaliser but the Americans backline held firm.
And in the 94th minute the Americans sealed the win as Falcons player Adule gave the ball away which saw Williams take advantage, rounded Oluehi and rolled the ball into an empty net.
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Source: Complete Sports
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