The United States women’s national team defeated Scotland 3-1 on Wednesday at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Abby Wambach scored her 153rd international in her 200th US cap to move within five goals of Mia Hamm’s all-time record.
Wambach scored the US’ second goal of the match in the 51st minute on a diving header from a Sydney Leroux cross. Megan Rapinoe gave the US a lead in the 21st minute with an outside of the right foot shot from 15 yards that curled inside of the far post.
Forward Christen Press replaced Wambach in the 61st minute and made an immediate impact, scoring three minutes after checking into the game. Press settled a through pass from Shannon Boxx and calmly slotted it into the net for her third career US goal in two games. Press started Saturday’s match vs. Scotland and scored twice in her senior team debut.
Scotland’s Suzanne Grant, playing in her 100th match for her country, scored in the 81st minute to spoil the US shutout.
Defender Crystal Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner and 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup champion, earned her first cap with the US senior team. She checked in for Ali Krieger in the 69th minute.
Forward Alex Morgan did not suit up for the game as a precautionary measure after twisting her left ankle on Saturday.
-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: Feb. 13, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Weather: 43 degrees, cold, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
SCO 0 1 1
USA – Megan Rapinoe 21st minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux) 51
USA – Christen Press (Shannon Boxx) 64
SCO – Suzanne Grant (Emma Mitchell) 81
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (27-Crystal Dunn, 69), 28-Whitney Engen, 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (Lori Lindsey, 85), 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 67), 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 14-Sydney Leroux (17-Tobin Heath, 81), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (22-Christen Press, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
SCO: 1-Gemma Fay (capt.) (12-Shannon Lynn, 46); 2-Rhonda Jones, 10-Jennifer Beattie (17-Frankie Brown, 56), 4-Elish McSorley, 3-Rachael Small; 14-Leanne Crichton (18-Emma Mitchell, 66), 5-Leanne Ross, 7-Hayley Lauder (15-Joelle Murray, 78), 8-Kim Little, 13-Jane Ross9- (Suzanne Malone, 89), 6-Joanne Love (11-Suzanne Grant, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 16-Lisa Evans
Head coach: Anna Signeul
Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 19 / 7
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 3 / 2
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Maggie Short (USA)