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Lloyd’s brace, Ohai’s debut goal lifts USWNT past Swiss

Carli Lloyd scored twice on Sunday in the USWNT's 5-1 win over Switzerland. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Carli Lloyd scored twice on Sunday in the USWNT’s 5-1 win over Switzerland. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Carli Lloyd scored a brace and Kealia Ohai scored 48 seconds into her debut as the U.S. women’s national team defeated Switzerland, 5-1 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It was the second victory of the week for the U.S. over Switzerland after a 4-0 win on Wednesday in Sandy, Utah.

Sandrine Mauron gave the Swiss a surprising lead in the 7th minute after the United States’ three-back system was exposed on the counterattack. But Lloyd equalized in spectacular fashion in the 25th minute, thundering a shot into the upper corner from 28 yards out to equalize.

Lloyd score the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner just after halftime, before Christen Press and Crystal Dunn extended the lead to 4-1 in the following 12 minutes.

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Ohai then became the sixth player this week to earn her first senior cap for the United States, entering the match in the 81st minute and scoring 48 seconds later, one second faster than it took Lynn Williams to score in her first cap on Wednesday, both of which were records for debutantes at the time. Williams and Ohai each scored 11 goals in the 2016 NWSL regular season, with Williams winning the Golden Boot on the tiebreaker of more assists. Williams was also named league MVP en route to leading the Western New York Flash to a championship.

The U.S. women have two more matches this calendar year, against Romania on Nov. 10 and Nov. 13.

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