Lloyd leads US goal rush

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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!”

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