Sports

Jersey Girls on Top of the World--Cup

e824ac6fb1836b6050fa_USWNT.jpg
Delran's Carli Lloyd joins  Basking Ridge's Tobin Heath, Christie Rampone and Heather O’Reilly- four Jersey Girls to represent the USA as Women's World Cup winners for 2015.   Credits: Photo courtesy of Deadspin
e824ac6fb1836b6050fa_USWNT.jpg

VANCOUVER, BC - Before the game had a chance to start, it was decided in favor of the Americans. In the final game of the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, America and Japan faced off for the right to be named the top women’s team in the world.

Behind New Jersey’s Carli Lloyd and her hat-trick for the history books, America came out with a 5-2 win over the Japanese. Lloyd scored three goals by the 17th minute, with a bomb from the mid-field line catching the Japanese goalie just far enough off the line to score.

Once again, New Jersey resident and Rutgers graduate Lloyd, was the woman of the hour and was more than ready for the challenges presented by the World Cup. Her penalty kick against Germany was the game-deciding goal and the hat-trick on Sunday was the needed boost to put the US over the top of Japan and come home with the hardware.

Sign Up for E-News

She capped off the month with a four-game scoring streak and won the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player over the course of the tournament. Lloyd is one of only two Americans to have ever been awarded the honor, with the only other being Carin Jennings against Germany in 1991.

Any questions about the American offense coming into the game were quickly forgotten once they had scored four times within the first 17 minutes including the fastest-ever hat-trick in Women’s World Cup history, as well as the only one ever in a final.

In addition, the final total of five goals was the most ever scored by a single team in a World Cup final, with no other team ever having scored more than two. All the goals scored on the day also put America a top of the all-time goal list with 112, just above Germany.

The American defense was relentless, as always, and kept Japan to just a single goal in the first half and only four shots on goal for the full game. Hope Solo was spectacular in goal as well—winning the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper in the World Cup for the second consecutive time at the conclusion of the tournament.

Coming out of the half, there was a scare to the US side, after a free kick by Japan took a bad bounce off Julie Johnston’s head and into the back of the net where the lead was down to two. Tobin Heath took care of that problem by scoring just two minutes later and the momentum was crushed leaving America up by three goals through to the final whistle.

With the win, America became the first nation to have three Women’s World Cups, and prevented a repeat of four years ago where Japan beat the US on penalty kicks in the final. The game was a demonstration of just how dominant the American team is on the women’s side of the sport and proved the ability of head coach Jill Ellis.

Coming into the tournament, and even during some early games—there were many questions about Ellis’ ability to coach the team to the Cup, and whether she was using her players in the best possible way. Now, with this victory, there are no questions remaining—there is simply pride in all that the American Team has accomplished on its way to a third World Cup.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_480e593439800b8f20b5_fdbb7ea0-bad4-4518-a21f-ea6b7964e633

Mon, May 28, 1:00 PM

Roberto Clemente Park, Paterson

Memorial Day Celebration

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_53ae7533852656590209_parent_of_the_year_breakfast_saturday_june_2_2018

Sat, June 2, 8:30 AM

LaNeves Restaurant, Haledon

2018 Parent Conference & Breakfast

Education

Clara Maass Medical Center offers Life-Saving Narcan Training Sessions

May 25, 2018

Belleville, NJ – In response to a national call from the Surgeon General of the United States emphasizing the importance of Narcan, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, the Center of Excellence for Latino Health at Clara Maass Medical Center will host training sessions in May and June to educate the community on the use of Opioids. The ...

Free Archery Classes

Archery is one of the world's oldest sports, and you can enjoy free classes hosted by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Rutgers 4-H Cooperative Extension of Passaic County. From 2pm-4pm on June 2nd, June 16th, July 7th, and July 21st, people of all ages are welcome to take free archery classes at the Great Meadow in Garret Mountain Reservation, located at 8 Mountain Ave ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Who Let the Dogs Out? Passaic County K-9 Unit Wows Children and Seniors

May 24, 2018

TOTOWA, NJ- With schoolchildren, senior citizens, and law enforcement all in one room any politician would have been thrilled to take part in Thursday’s cross generational event in Totowa that featured a reading of children’s book “Roscoe the K-9 Cop,” authored by Kristen Sondej, and several members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver Testimony on Proposal to Divert Affordable Housing Funds

PATERSON, NJ- TAPinto Paterson earlier reported on the response of local community leaders and activists on a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy to divert $46 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) which they wrote in a letter signed by representatives of over 100 groups statewide is “legally dedicated to the creation of affordable homes for lower income ...

The Elections are Over, Now it's Time to Collaborate!

May 21, 2018

For much of the past six months Paterson’s focus has been on the races for mayor and council, and rightly so. The elected officials that serve the nearly 150,000 residents of our city have an enormous responsibility, their actions dictating not just success of our community, but the way our City is perceived.

The election is now behind us, and we congratulate all who took part in the ...