In a rematch of the 2011 Women's World Cup Final, Team USA was determined to extract revenge against a Japan team that handed them defeat four years ago. They got all of that and more.
Carli Lloyd's 1st half hat-trick. All 3 goals including her stunning midfield golazo. #USA #SheBelieves pic.twitter.com/WdJ1zWj8sR— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) July 5, 2015
Spurred on by a Carli Lloyd hat trick in the first half, with her first goal coming less than three minutes in, the U.S. struck early and often against a Japanese team that seemed shell shocked by their opponent's intensity en route to capturing its third World Cup title and first since 1999 by a score of 5-2. Team USA has become the first country ever to win three Women's World Cups.
Tobin Heath and Lauren Holiday each tacked on a goal a piece on top of Lloyd's three, but the story today was all about Lloyd. With her three goals today, Lloyd's total comes to six in seven World Cup games, an incredible number for a player that has put the USWNT on her back and carried them to the finish line.
Fans and fellow athletes alike were hyped about Lloyd and her team's huge victory, and took to Twitter to celebrate. Congrats, Team USA. Can't wait to do it again in 2019.
Congrats to our women. Smashed the competition. #USWNT— Dom Izzo (@DOM_iZZO) July 6, 2015
USA! USA! USA! Congrats to the World Champion United States Women's National Team! #USWNT— Jon Lester (@JLester34) July 6, 2015
S/O to the #USWNT!!! World Champions!! #TeamHoliday— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) July 6, 2015
#webelieved 🇺🇸 Congratulations ladies! #USWNT— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) July 6, 2015
Amazing photo of Cari Lloyd’s goal. pic.twitter.com/AWSBhvzahx— madebytim (@MadeByTim) July 6, 2015
Remember, “play like a girl” means score a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of a WC final. Thanks to @carlilloyd for the clarification.— Chris Shiflett (@shiflett) July 5, 2015
Hold that flag up high. You did it girls. #USWNT #AlexMorganIsBae 🇺🇸😍🇺🇸— T-Lew (@TylerLewan) July 6, 2015