Coming off the unprecedented year of 2020, the United States Women’s National Team began their 2021 campaign with a high pressing, composed match against a young Colombia National Team, which saw them win 4-0 thanks to the Mewis sisters, who scored all four on the night.
“I want to give credit to the Colombian players for doing a great, great job in the one v one duals,” USWNT Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski said after the match. “I thought that was the only area when we were putting pressures in individual duels. I thought that was the only area that we could have done a little bit better. And, and be more successful. But like I said it’s not just what we did lots of credit to the Colombian players. Their ability to solve problems under pressure in individual battles was amazing. I wouldn’t say this surprised us because with everything that we scouted, we expected it. But I would say they did very good. Their ability to break pressure with individual creativity, and with individual skills, was very good. And they created some problems in the middle of the field that will be a good learning opportunity for us before the next game.”
The scoring started early for the US, when Sam Mewis tucked away the first goal of the night just four minutes in, after combining with Megan Rapinoe and Lindsey Horan to score her first of three on the night, her first career pro hat trick.
The second for Mewis came in the 33rd minute when, in similar fashion as her first, Horan crossed a ball into the box and found Carli Lloyd, who headed it to Mewis to tap in.
This was the score heading into the half and just as the players came out to start the second 45 minutes, Horan drew a penalty and Sam Mewis stepped up to slot it home to complete her hat trick.
“By some stroke of luck I happened to be on the penalty kick list tonight and we just happened to get one when it was my turn,” Sam Mewis said. “So, I really do look back on the goals and I know that they were all team goals. The first one was a great buildup and was a perfect pass from Pinoe. The second one was basically already in, Carli passed it right to me with her head. And then the third one is actually something we work on all the time. That kickoff play that gets flicked on and then Lindsey set herself up and drew the foul so I mean I can’t take all the credit at all I think they really truly were all such good team goals and I’m just proud that I could be a part of that.”
The fourth goal of the night was also scored by a Mewis, but it wasn’t Sam. Instead her sister, Kristie Mewis, found the back of the net, making it a Mewis party at Exploria, as the US saw out the 4-0 win.
Both teams will have four days to prepare for their next match as they play once again on Friday at 7:00 back at Exploria Stadium.
4′ – Sam Mewis (USA)
33′ – Sam Mewis (USA)
46′ – Sam Mewis(USA)
85′ – Kristie Mewis (USA)
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