Crystal Dunn struck for another brace against Russia Sunday. Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON – Long Island’s Crystal Dunn has the Russian women’s national team’s number.

It’s two as in the number of goals the Rockville Centre, N.Y. native has scored against the team in two consecutive matches.

She did it again Sunday, connecting twice in the U.S. national team’s 5-1 triumph at BBVA Compass Stadium.

On Wednesday, Dunn also tallied two goals in a 5-0 win over the same side as Allie Long of Northport, N.Y. also finished with two goals. Dunn has 22 goals in 50 international appearances.

“She’s been fantastic,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “I committed to going into these games playing her central and high. … We can play into her feet, we can play her into space. She’s scoring goals, so I think she’s in a really good spot leaving here.”

Dunn, who plays for the Chelsea Ladies in England, was thinking more of the team than herself.

“It’s important for us to regroup,” she said. “We were all disappointed with SheBelieves results, but it’s all about the journey into World Cup, so 2018 is what we are setting out for.”

The game was a memorable one due to a pair of firsts. Rose Lavelle, who after three excellent outings against England, France and Russia, scored her first international goal in her fourth start. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell made her senior team debut, becoming the first goalkeeper to earn a first cap since Dec. 18, 2014.

The U.S. opened the scoring in the 20th minute after a Russia foul against Dunn inside the box gave the U.S. a penalty kick early in the game. Carli Lloyd converted the attempt to score her 97th career goal.

In the 37th minute, Mallory Pugh sent a long ball from the midfield over the top for Lavelle, who controlled it well on the left side and made an unmarked run into the box, finishing with her left foot to the near post for her first international goal.

Barely a minute later, some solid midfield work from Samantha Mewis and Lloyd won the ball and combined passes to get the ball to the Meghan Klingenberg on the left flank. The U.S. left back ran it deep towards the end line before crossing it for Dunn, who finished with a flying volley into the unguarded center of the net.

 

FT Highlights: USA 5, Russia 1

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Russia sliced the lead to 3-1 with a 42nd-minute penalty kick after Casey Short was called for a foul inside the penalty box after a Russia throw-in. Daria Makarenko crushed her attempt into the upper netting.

The U.S. restored its three-goal lead via an own goal two minutes into first-half stoppage time. Russia’s Ksenia Kovalenko tried to clear a corner kick from Lavelle but instead gave it a little tap with the top of her boot into her own net.

Three minutes into the second half, Dunn completed her brace. Pugh ran the ball deep into the final third on the left side before sending a cross into the middle of the box for Dunn, who finished with her left foot.

“It has been a really good camp in terms of SheBelieves [Cup] and the things we wanted to see [after that],” Ellis said. “Things that I liked, the mobility of our front group and the interplay was good. Today it took a little while to get going, but once it did I was pleased with that.”