Carli Lloyd exploded in the first 16 minutes of the Women’s World Cup Final by scoring three goals for a natural hat trick as part of a massive onslaught by the US against Japan.
Four years after losing in the World Cup Final to Japan, the USWNT came out on a mission of revenge. Lloyd scored in the third minute, fifth minute and again in the 16th minute against Japan. Her three goals were the most ever scored by a player in a World Cup Final. Sandwiched in between her second and third goals was a score by Lauren Holiday. Add it all up and the US led 4-0 in the first 16 minutes.
The three goals gave Lloyd six for the tournament, tying her with Celia Sasic for the Golden Boot, though Sasic won via tiebreaker.
Here is the first goal:
Her second goal:
And here is Lloyd’s third goal, which might be the most impressive of all:
The US won 5-2, thanks largely to Lloyd’s incredible effort.
Carli Lloyd is easily one of the favorites to win the Golden Ball Award (Women’s World Cup MVP) if the United States defeats Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday evening. Lloyd’s boyfriend, Brian Hollins, won’t be in Vancouver to watch his fiancee play.
And that’s just the way Lloyd wants it.
About a month ago, Lloyd told USA Today that she doesn’t want any of her family at the World Cup. Hollins said part of that has to do with superstition, as Team USA won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 when Lloyd’s family wasn’t in attendance. The same team lost in the World Cup final a year earlier when Hollins and Lloyd’s family were there.
“I guess we kind of figured out the pattern,” Hollins said. “I realize when I go, you don’t win. Realistically when our family goes, after the game she’s thinking, ‘All right, how do I spend time with them? Do I do an ice bath or do I get it done quick and go hang out with the family?’ I don’t think that’s a good choice for her to have to deal with.”
But don’t worry, Hollins isn’t going to feel left out. He has known Lloyd long enough to know when he should be offended or not. The two grew up together and have been dating since high school.
Hollins is an assistant golf pro at a country club in New Jersey. He has also spent time trying to qualify for PGA Tour events.
Lloyd and Hollins are planning to get married, but not until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Lloyd, 33, is all about being focused and having no distractions. Hopefully that continues to pay off against Japan.
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Photo via Carli Lloyd/Instagram
Carli Lloyd was the hero for the USWNT in a 2-0 semifinals win over Germany at the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
Lloyd scored on a penalty kick in the 69th minute and then assisted on Kelley O’Hara’s goal in the 84th minute to put the team up 2-0, which is all that was needed for the victory.
The win did not come without stress, however. Lots of stress.
The game was scoreless at the half and it looked like Germany might strike first when they had a penalty kick in the 59th minute. Celia Sasic missed wide left on her attempt, marking the first PK the Germans failed to convert in 13 tries at the Women’s World Cup.
Alex Morgan drew a penalty kick for the US in the 69th minute, and that was the one Lloyd converted to break the scoreless draw.
Lloyd described the feeling of winning and playing well as “a dream come true.”
Below are videos of the goals:
Carli Lloyd is an Olympic hero. She earned that honor by scoring both of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s goals on Thursday during their 2-1 win over Japan in the gold medal game. As we know, the London Olympics have been a very busy time for all of the athletes involved. Twitter makes it slightly easier to stay up on what’s going on in the world, but it is not always that simple. A recent exchange of tweets between Lloyd and former Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino proved that earlier this week.
As the average baseball fan could tell you, Victorino has not played for Philadelphia since July 29. In fact, he has already taken on a leadership role with his new team, the Dodgers. As the Philadelphia fan blog The 700 Level pointed out, Lloyd is from a part of New Jersey that is relatively close to Philly. If she’s a Phillies fan and likes really does like the Flyin’ Hawaiian, she’s probably disappointed now. At least Carli can always dig out that old Nike celebration shirt if she starts feeling blue.