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.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about Solo and her stellar record as U.S. keeper:
She does best in the toughest situations. Ten of her shutouts have come in World Cup matches, six in the Olympics.
Solo has more shutouts abroad (53) than on U.S. soil (47).
Of the 11 US. wins credited to Solo, 10 have been shutouts. (Germany got on the board before losing 2-1 to the U.S. women on March 9.
Her personal best is 13 shutouts in a calendar year (2008). Sitting on 10 right now, there’s an excellent chance that she’ll reach a new personal best in 2016.
The finest sustained defensive performance in team history probably took place at last summer’s World Cup, where Solo put together five consecutive shutouts.
She allowed one goal in the opening game against Australia (but made a spectacular save early in the first half):
And she allowed two goals in the title game against Japan:
And in the five games in between… bupkis.
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