Ertz leads U.S. to win over New Zealand

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Julie Ertz scored twice in an eight-minute span in the first half, Or­lando Pride star Alex Mor­gan added a goal in the 79th minute and the United States women beat New Zealand 3-1 late Fri­day night at Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Park in Com­merce City, Colo.

Mor­gan tied Cindy Par­low for sev­enth on the U.S. na­tional-team goals list with 75.

In the 16th minute, Den­ver-area na­tive Lindsey Ho­ran headed a cross to­ward goal and Ertz redi­rected it home. In the 24th, Megan Rapi­noe headed it off the post and Ertz sent it in from dis­tance.

New Zealand cut it to 2-1 in the 75th when Hannah Wilkin­son headed in Ali Ri­ley’s cross that bounced in front of the goal. But Mor­gan gave the U.S. a twogoal lead again four min­utes later on a tough-an­gle shot off the hand of Erin Nayler.

Kel­ley O’Hara wore the cap­tain’s arm­band and be­came the 36th player to ap­pear in 100 matches for the U.S. Se­cond-half sub­sti­tute Sofia Huerta made her de­but and as­sisted on Mor­gan’s goal.

Or­lando Pride goal­keeper Ash­lyn Har­ris not play in the friendly.

The U.S. and New Zealand will play again Tues­day at Nip­pert Sta­dium in Cincinnati. did

For­mer Or­lando Pride for­ward Lisa De Vanna and NWSL star Sam Kerr scored, help­ing the Aus­tralian women's na­tional team top Brazil 2-1 dur­ing a friendly at Pep­per Sta­dium in Pen­rith, Aus­tralia.

The match drew a sold­out an­nounced crowd of 17,000.

Pride stand­outs Alanna Kennedy and Steph Cat­ley both played key roles for Aus­tralia, with Kennedy record­ing an as­sist on Kerr's goal.

Or­lando star Marta led the Brazil side. De­binha scored late for the Ca­narin­has, but it wasn't enough to catch surg­ing Aus­tralia.

The two teams will face off again in Aus­tralia Tues­day at 5:30 a.m. East­ern Time. The match will be played at New­cas­tle In­ter­na­tional Sports Cen­tre in New Lambton, South Wales.

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