The U.S. women’s soccer team found itself trailing early in a friendly against the Netherlands Sunday evening in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, but the Americans regained their form to record a 3-1 victory.
Playing up to its reputation as an emerging European power, the Netherlands jumped to the early lead when Shanice van de Sanden ran onto a long clearing ball at midfield. Sprinting behind the U.S. back line, she beat goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher one-on-one from 12 yards out to make the score 1-0 just two minutes into the match.
The U.S. collected itself and refocused, using relentless pressure to create scoring opportunities. The intensity paid off when Tobin Heath slipped past a defender into the right side of the penalty area and slotted a perfect service to Carli Lloyd, who buried her shot to even the match at 1-1 in the 35th minute. It was Lloyd’s 94th career goal in 230 international matches and her fourth of the week after logging her seventh career hat trick Thursday evening against Thailand.
An own goal in the 50th minute put the Americans on top when Mandy van den Berg fell into a Christen Press cross, knocking the ball into an open net for a 2-1 U.S. advantage. Allie Long picked up her third international goal in the 77th minute with a header off a Lloyd assist to close out the scoring.