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90th-Minute U.S. Goal Rescues A Point Against Australia At Women’s Soccer Tournament Of Nations

By Todd Kortemeier | July 29, 2018, 9:47 p.m. (ET)

Lindsey Horan #9 celebrates her goal against Australia with teammate McCall Zerboni at the 2018 Tournament of Nations on July 29, 2018 in East Hartford, Conn.


Down 1-0 late in the second half to Australia Sunday night in their second game of the Tournament of Nations, there had to be several members of the U.S. national women’s soccer team thinking, ‘Here we go again.’

The U.S. had not lost since dropping a 1-0 setback to Australia in the 2017 Tournament of Nations. But instead of repeating history, Lindsey Horan got on the end of a corner kick in the 90th minute, heading it home and keeping the team’s title hopes in play and its streak alive at 15-0-3.

Chloe Logarzo opened the scoring with a 22nd-minute goal that Australia defended gamely for much of the match. Team USA enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, making several forays down the left flank in the second half with Megan Rapinoe trying to work her magic. But the Australians were comfortable in defense and shut down most passing lanes.

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The U.S. fired six shots on goal, but few troubled keeper Lydia Williams. That was until the late corner, taken by Rapinoe, found Horan in the right side of the six-yard box for the winner.

Australia and the U.S. remain tied atop the Tournament of Nations table, with each sitting on four points and equal goal differential. The U.S. at the moment holds the tiebreaker for total goals scored, but with one match remaining, it’s still anyone’s title to lose. The U.S. draws Brazil while Australia will play Japan on Thursday.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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