By Paul D. Bowker | May 12, 2019, 7:19 p.m. (ET)
Samantha Mewis takes the ball down the field during a game against Belgium on April 7, 2019 in Los Angeles.

 

Samantha Mewis had the perfect moves for the U.S. women’s soccer team on Sunday.

The American midfielder scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over South Africa as the U.S. began its three-match Send-Off Series at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Send-Off Series is a group of three matches the U.S. Women’s National Team will play as the team goes through final preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The 23 women playing for the U.S. in these three games are the same players who will represent their country at the World Cup next month.

Mewis, a Massachusetts native who was an alternate for the 2016 Olympic team, almost had a third goal in the 88th minute but her open shot from the right side was stopped.

“I just want to contribute to this team any way I can,” Mewis said after the game.

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Mewis put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 37th minute, when she drilled a shot into the right corner of the net from 19 yards out. She scored again in the 78th minute to give the U.S. some additional insurance.

Three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd scored the third goal in extra time as the U.S., which dominated the match, pressed South Africa in its defensive end in the final minutes. The goal was her 108th career goal, moving her into fourth place all-time in career goals among Americans.

The Send-Off Series resumes for the U.S. on Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, when it takes on New Zealand. The U.S. opens World Cup play against Thailand on June 11 in Reims, France.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.