If this was a fight it would have been stopped.
Unfortunately for Thailand, there is no mercy rule in soccer.
The U.S. Women’s National Team scored early and often on Tuesday evening as they completely overwhelmed Thailand 13-0 in their opening World Cup match at Stade Auguste Delaune II in Reims, France. It was the most lopsided victory in Women’s World Cup history.
Where to begin?
For starters, Alex Morgan scored a record-tying five goals. Five.
Rose Lavelle and Mal Pugh each scored their first ever World Cup goals. In Lavelle’s case, it was her actually her first and second World Cup goals.
Sam Mewis also scored two goals.
The U.S. side dominated from the start. Morgan opened the scoring at the 12-minute mark with a header into the net off a cross by Kelley O’Hara. Lavelle struck again for the U.S. side at the 20-minute mark as she put one in from outside the box and Lindsey Horan put one in the back of the net off a set piece at the 32-minute mark to give the U.S. side a 3-0 halftime lead.
But for Thailand, it was about to go from bad to worse. A lot worse.
After halftime, the U.S. squad picked up right where they left scoring four goals in rapid succession. In the 50th minute Sam Mewis took a pass from Megan Rapinoe and converted it from outside the box to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead. Two minutes later Morgan scored her second goal of the game and then barely a minute later Julie Ertz opened her World Cup scoring. Two minutes later, at the 56-minute mark Lavelle scored her second goal of the game to give the U.S. a 7-0 lead.
After a relatively calm 18 minutes or so, the attack began anew.
In the 74th minute Alex Morgan got the hat trick, scoring her 3rd goal of the game and five minutes later Rapinoe added her second of the game. 21-year old Pugh added her goal in the 84th minute and finally Carli Lloyd struck in stoppage time for the team’s 13th goal of the game.
The U.S. dominated play throughout, possessing the ball for 73% of the game. The U.S. took 40 shots, with 20 of them on goal while Thailand only managed 2 shots, both of them on goal.
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