Ertz scores twice in8- minute span, US tops New Zealand
COMMERCE CITY, COLO. » Julie Ertz scored twice in an eightminute span in the first half, Alex Morgan added a goal in the 79th minute and the United States women beat New Zealand 3- 1 on Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Morgan tied Cindy Parlow for seventh on the U. S. national team goals list with 75.
In the 16thminute, 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 two- goal 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.