Lavelle, Morgan lead US win past Trinidad and Tobago
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.