The United States completed a clean sweep of Colombia with a 3-0 victory Sunday (April 10) in Chester, Pa.
The game was a little more competitive than Team USA’s 7-0 shellacking of Colombia four days earlier in East Hartford, Conn. The difference was the play of Colombia’s goalkeeper, Catalina Perez.
Perez put her team in a hole by twice coming off her line and not getting to the ball in time. Christen Press and Julie Johnston took advantage of the mistakes, each doinking a chip shot over the keeper’s head and into the vacant net.
But to her credit, Perez also made several difficult, acrobatic saves, including two near the end of the first half. Had those balls found their target, Colombia would have been down 4-0 at the break, and another rout would have been on. (The U.S. players did their part, too, to keep the game relatively close, whiffing on a handful of terrific scoring chances early in the first half.)
The U.S. women don’t have another game scheduled until June 2, when they play Japan in Commerce City, Colo. Other games, however, are expected to be announced soon.
In the meantime, all but one of the players are headed to join their teams in the National Women’s Soccer League, which opens its fourth season on Saturday (April 16).
Mallory Pugh, a 17-year-old, returns to high school.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the matches with Colombia and their participants:
In the two games, the United States took 46 shots, 24 of them on goal. Colombia took nine, two on goal.
The Americans took 12 corner kicks; the Colombians, 2.
With Hope Solo taking a rare night off, backup keeper Alyssa Naeher got her fourth start. All four have been shutouts.
Naeher, like Ali Krieger, went to college at Penn State, less than 200 miles from Chester.
Not only has Colombia never won in five games against the United States; it has yet to score.
The United States is 11-0-0 this year. The team has scored 42 goals while conceding one.