5 things you might not know about Hope Solo’s goalkeeping milestone

Hope Solo and fans after her 100th shutout, a 1-0 victory over South Africa on July 9, 2016, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Hope Solo and fans after the game. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

On Saturday (July 9), the U.S. women’s team beat South Africa 1-0. It was the 100th career shutout for Hope Solo, an achievement no goalkeeper in the world has matched.

Team USA has one more game at home, against Costa Rica on July 22 in Kansas City, before the 2016 Olympics get under way in Brazil. That final home tune-up, at 8 p.m. CT, is on ESPN.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about Solo and her stellar record as U.S. keeper:

 

1.

Solo became the U.S. recordholder in shutouts on Sept. 13, 2014, when she earned No. 72, an 8-0 rout of Mexico. She had tied the previous record of 71, held Briana Scurry, three months earlier, with a 1-0 victory over France.

 

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Briana Scurry and Hope Solo, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 26, 2007. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

 

2.

She also holds the U.S. records for appearances (197) and wins (151) by a keeper.

 

3.

Hope Solo's first appearance -- and first shutout -- with the U.S. women's team came on April 5, 2000, in an 8-0 victory over Iceland in Davidson, N.C. She was 18 and a freshman at the University of Washington.

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Her first shutout came in her first appearance with the U.S. team, on April 5, 2000. The Americans beat Iceland 8-0 in Davidson, N.C.

Solo was 18 and a freshman at the University of Washington. Her teammates in that game included Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow, Tiffeny Milbrett, and Christie Pearce (who would become Christie Rampone).

 

 

 

4.

South Africa was the 29th country she has held scoreless.

 

5.

She has 10 shutouts against Canada and 10 against Mexico.

 

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Hope Solo training in Frankfurt during the 2011 World Cup. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

 

 

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