Sophia Smith scored three goals and the United States women’s national team beat Uzbekistan 9-1 on Saturday, extending the team’s unbeaten streak on American soil to 66 games.
Andi Sullivan, Mallory Pugh, Catarina Macario, Jaelin Howell, Ashley Hatch and Ashley Sanchez also scored at Lower.com Field in Columbus for the top-ranked USWNT.
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Aziza Norboeva scored for 48th-ranked Uzbekistan, the first goal the U.S. has conceded on home soil since March, 11, 2020, against Japan.
It was the first of two games between the teams. The second is set for Tuesday night in Chester, Pennsylvania.
A series of three headers, from Lindsey Horan to Alana Cook to Sullivan for the goal, gave the USWNT the early lead in the 26th minute. Pugh scored just seconds later to make it 2-0. It was her 22nd international goal.
Smith added a pair of goals for the United States before the half to make it 4-0 and Uzbekistan was simply overwhelmed.
Macario scored early in the second half and Smith added her third goal in the 56th minute. Smith is the 20th player with a hat trick for the United States.
USWNT players celebrate after scoring a goal against Uzbekistan in a friendly. Joseph Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports
Howell added a goal for the Americans in the 64th, before Norboeva scored for Uzbekistan in the 70th to avoid the shutout. Hatch and Sanchez added late goals.
The U.S. team was originally scheduled to play a team from Asia for the international break but that team had to pull out. Coronavirus and World Cup qualifying made finding a new opponent difficult.
Kelley O’Hara, the team’s most experienced player making her 151st appearance, wore the captain’s armband.
Two veterans, Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Rapinoe, were left off the roster for the two games against Uzbekistan because of injury. Julie Ertz recently announced that she was expecting her first child, and Crystal Dunn is also pregnant.
Other veterans who weren’t with the team included Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Christen Press as coach Vlatko Andonovski continued to emphasize young players in preparation for World Cup qualifying in July.
The USWNT’s unbeaten streak on American soil includes 59 wins and seven draws.