Carli! Carli!! Carli!!! Lloyd Leads US to World Cup Title
It was over early.
The United States scored twice in the first five minutes, took a 4-1 lead at halftime and finished with the three goal margin, beating Japan 5-2 to win the Women's World Cup and bring the title to the United States for the first time since 1999.
Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the first sixteen minutes of play as the US took a 4-0 lead and never looked back.
Holding a 4-1 lead at halftime, the US allowed Japan to cut the lead to 4-2 on an own goal by Julie Johnston in the 52nd minute. But Tobin Heath scored just two minutes later to stop any momentum the Japanese may have had.
Lloyd scored in the third minute on an assist by Megan Rapinoe and then made it 2-0 just two minutes later on an assist from Lauren Holiday. Holiday scored a goal of her own for a 3-0 margin in the 4th minute before Lloyd completed the hat trick two minutes later for a commanding 4-0 lead.
Yuki Ogimi got the Japanese team on the board in the 28th minute.
Lloyd was awarded the Golden Ball, signifying the most outstanding player in the World Cup. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove, awarded to the best goalkeeper.
For the US, it was their third World Cup title, the most in Women's history.