What looked early on like a close contest turned into a dominating victory as the U.S. women's soccer team took down Switzerland 5-1 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The U.S. fell behind on a Swiss goal by Sandrine Mauron in the seventh minute. But Carli Lloyd, donning the captain's armband, evened things up in the 25th minute. Despite numerous opportunities by Lloyd, Crystal Dunn and Lynn Williams, that score held through halftime. It wasn't until the 51st minute that the U.S. was able to connect again, as a shot by Christen Press was deflected and knocked in by Lloyd. This would open the floodgates. In the 53rd minute, Press chipped one over the Swiss goalkeeper and into the back of the net to make the score 3-1. Dunn finished a cross by Williams in the 63rd, making it 4-1 and giving Williams her first career assist.
Williams had made her international debut earlier in the week, scoring her first goal just 49 seconds after setting foot on the field for the fastest first goal in U.S. soccer history. This time it was Kealia Ohai, who scored 48 seconds into her first national team appearance to best that record. That opened up a 5-1 lead in the 82nd minute, which would hold as the final score.
This was the second time in less than a week that the two teams squared off. In the first contest on Oct. 19, Team USA emerged the 4-0 victor. With the win, the U.S. improves to 19-0-3 on the year.
The U.S. women's soccer team will next see action on Nov. 10 against Romania in San Jose, California.