The United States Women’s National Team capped off a superb run through the 2019 World Cup with a victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s finale. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick from Megan Rapinoe, it was Rose Lavelle’s impressive goal which put the game out of reach.
Lavelle, who’s just 24 years old, found the back of the net with an impressive goal from just inside the box. But her goal also meant that the USWNT had accomplished a feat which may not be topped any time in the near future.
As ESPN Stats & Info revealed, Lavelle’s goal broke the record for the most goals scored in a single FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Beyond that, ESPN pointed out that Lavelle became the second-youngest American player to score in a World Cup Final, behind only Alex Morgan. Here’s a look at the impressive goal from Lavelle, which came in the 69th minute of action and pushed the lead for the United States to 2-0, courtesy of U.S. Soccer WNT on Twitter.
The game wrapped up with a final score of 2-0 and this meant that the United States had won their second consecutive World Cup with an unbelievable 26 goals scored to just three goals allowed in seven games. As FIFA.com shows, their total goals scored came in as more than double the second closest team in England, who tallied 13 in seven games.
Not only has the USWNT now won back-to-back World Cup’s, but this was their fourth title, each of which came since 1991. The USWNT defeated Norway in 1991 for the title, China PR in 1999, Japan in 2015 and now the Netherlands in 2019.
USWNT Scoring Led By Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan
The Golden Boot for the 2019 World Cup was tied between three players after Rapinoe netted the first goal of the game against the Netherlands. She wrapped up the tournament with six goals, which tied her teammate Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White. Her feat was even more impressive when considering that she tallied the mark while playing in one less game due to injury.
Rapinoe we the eventual winner of the Golden Boot, due to the fact that she played fewer minutes while tying for most goals scored with Morgan and White.
Along with the six goals scored by Rapinoe and Morgan, both players also had three assists. Of Rapinoe’s six goals, three of them came from the penalty spot, where she was a force throughout the entire tournament.
USWNT’s Goal Scorers in 2019 World Cup
While the USWNT’s dynamic duo of Morgan and Rapinoe tallied 12 of the 26 goals, an impressive number of other players managed to find the back of the net as well. Carli Lloyd finished with three goals in just 194 minutes while Lavelle also scored three times, including her impressive finish during the World Cup Final.
Samatha Mewis and Lindsey Horan scored twice throughout the tournament to round out the team’s players with two or more goals. Along with the above six players, Mallory Pugh, Christen Press and Julie Ertz also added their names in the record book by scoring to help the USWNT achieve World Cup history.