Lloyd leads US goal rush
CARLI Lloyd became the first woman to score a hat- trick – one from near halfway – in a World Cup soccer final as she inspired the United States to a 5- 2 demolition of defending champions Japan yesterday.
The US, winners in 1991 and 1999, became the first nation to win the crown three times and avenged their loss to Japan on penalties in the 2011 final.
Lloyd, 32, scored her first goal after only three minutes at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium with the second coming two minutes later, and her third after 16 minutes. It was the fastest World Cup soccer final hat- trick.
“I was on a mission today,” said Lloyd, whose teammates Lauren Holiday ( 14) and Tobin Heath ( 54) also found the net.
Yuki Ogimi got one back on 27 minutes for the Asian champions with their second coming thanks to a 52nd- minute own- goal by Julie Johnson.
“It’s unreal, it just hasn’t sunk in yet,” Lloyd said. “I’m mentally fried.”
Coach Jill Ellis said her only thought after the early goal- fest was: “Pinch me, wake me up!”