Lavelle, Mor­gan lead US win past Trinidad and Tobago

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS -

Cary, N.C. — The United States is rolling in pur­suit of an­other berth in the Women's World Cup.

Rose Lavelle and Alex Mor­gan scored two goals apiece to help the U.S. women beat Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 on Wed­nes­day night in the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment.

Tobin Heath added a goal and two as­sists for the United States, which led 4-0 at half­time.

Ranked No. 1 in the world, the United States ad­vances to the CON­CA­CAF Women's Cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals in Frisco, Texas, on Sun­day. The U.S. cruised through round-robin play in Group A with a 3-0 record, outscor­ing its op­po­nents 18-0.

"This was about build­ing mo­men­tum," U.S. coach Jill El­lis said. "This was a good way to fin­ish our group stage. Now the fo­cus shifts to qual­i­fy­ing."

The United States scored three goals in a four-minute span late in the first half to pull away from Trinidad and Tobago, which fin­ished 0-3 in the group stage.

It was a re­sult that spoke to the huge gap be­tween the U.S. men's and women's na­tional team pro­grams. The Amer­i­can men lost to Trinidad and Tobago, at the time the world's 99th-ranked team, last Oc­to­ber to miss out on qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup.

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