THEY DID IT!
Julie Ertz was close to a score off a corner kick early on in the match, but the United States didn’t get on the board until they were awarded a penalty kick in the second half. Megan Rapinoe took the kick and was able to easily misdirect the Netherlands’ goalie for the first score of the day.
With the goal, Rapinoe became just the 11th player to reach 50 goals for Team USA, and the 7th player to register 50 goals and 50 assists for her country.
Up 1-0, the USWNT got their second wind, and it wasn’t long after that Rose Lavelle rushed down the field, split two defenders and found the corner of the net to put Team USA up 2-0 over the Netherlands.
Many of these players just won their second World Cup — including Julie Ertz — which is no small feat.
This team is filled with 23 women who play hard and celebrate harder, and have proven that their success far exceeds what they do on the field, and that’s saying a lot.