Records were smashed at the Women’s World Cup yesterday as the favourites USA did a demolition job on minnows Thailand coming away 13-0 winners in their opening group F fixture.
Head coach Jill Ellis was in tears as she watched he side take Thailand to the cleaners with a second half performance that provided 10 goals in a 40 minute spell. Speaking after the game Ellis described the feeling as “awesome”
“You want your forwards hot in a tournament and it's a great start, especially for Morgan. Hopefully she carries it on through the finals.”
She was referring to Alex Morgan who scored 5 of her sides 13 goals during the game, a stat that see’s her goal record higher than that of any other country to play so far, with France’s 4-0 opening game win over South Korea being the biggest winning margin before yesterday.
Ellis then continued to say;
” I was in tears watching them, It verifies who we picked. It is about building momentum and that is part of the process.
“You want the players to leave with a good feeling. If they are in a good place mentally, that is a big step.
For Morgan it was a chance to make up for lost time after missing much of the 2015 World cup due to a knee injury and she didn’t take long opening the scoring after 12 minutes with a header after Kelley O’Hara had found her unmarked in the box.
Minutes later it was Rose Lavelle’s turn to double the USA advantage with her effort going in off the keeper, While just after the hour mark Lindsey Horan found herself quickest to react after Thailand Defender Wilaiporn Boothduang failed to clear Tobin Heath’s free kick.
With a 3-0 lead at the break, no body expected what would happen in the next period as the USA upped the tempo and showed they serious about retaining their title in France.
Samantha Mews got her name on the score sheet with the USA’s fourth minutes after the restart, with Morgan adding her second two minutes later to make it 5-0, before Mews added her second within minutes of that one.
With the second half less than ten minutes old the USA had already found the net three times and added another on 56 minutes Mewis turning provider to set up Lavelle for her second of the game.
Some how the Thailand defence held firm for another 18 minutes before Morgan provided a neat turn in the box to lose her marker and complete her Hat Trick to make it 8-0. From then the flood gates reopened as Megan Rapinoe and substitute Mallory Pugh found the net either side of Morgan’s fourth of the evening to make it 11-0.
Morgan saved her best for last with a neat flick, followed by a powerful finish to score her 5th minutes from time, while Carli Lloyd found the net let into injury time as she raced through the tired Thailand defence before slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Next up the USA face Chile in Paris on 16th June, while Thailand face another tough game as they face Sweden three hours earlier.