US women score 3 in 2nd half, beat Switzerland 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm •  Published: August 20, 2014
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CARY, N.C. (AP) — Megan Rapinoe scored just three minutes into the game, and the United States got three goals in the second half to beat Switzerland 4-1 Wednesday night.

Carli Lloyd made a penalty kick early in the second half, Christen Press scored in the 77th minute and Abby Wambach got her 168th career score in the 87th.

"We knew Switzerland would be a good challenge and we played good, up-tempo soccer," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said after improving to 2-0-1 since being officially named to the position. She was also 6-0-2 in two stints as interim coach.

Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic scored on a penalty kick in the 70th minute for Switzerland. It came on the Swiss' only shot on goal and ended Hope Solo's bid to set a new shutout record for the US women. Solo remained tied with Briana Scurry for the team mark with 71 shutouts.

"For me, the record is going to come when it comes — I'm not going to chase it," said Solo, playing her first game for the U.S. since her June 21 arrest on a domestic violence charge involving her sister and nephew. "It's always disappointing to get scored on whether it's a game with a record-breaking opportunity or not. Of course I'd like to get the record so I can move on and focus on other things, but it's not the end-all, be-all for me."

The U.S. had 15 shots in its first game since a 2-2 tie with France on June 19, and extended its home unbeaten streak to 85 games (74-0-11).

The U.S. (8-2-3 this year) is ranked No. 1 in the world while the Swiss, who have already qualified for next year's World Cup in Canada, are 19th.

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