Samantha Mewis celebrates after a goal against South Africa during the second half. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sam Mewis collected a brace to lead the U.S. women to a 3-0 victory over South Africa in the first game of the team’s Send-Off Series before 22,788 fans at Levi’s Stadium Sunday.
The U.S. dominated the game and made its initial breakthrough in the 37th minute when Rose Lavelle slipped a ball to the top of the area for Mewis, who finished with a low shot inside the right post.
Mewis got on the scoreboard again in the second half when her upfield pressure paid off and she was able to take advantage of a poor clearance by the South Africa goalkeeper in the 78th minute.
She has three goals in 2019 and 11 international goals in 48 international appearances.
Carli Lloyd buried a late strike through three South Africa players to cement the final scoreline two minutes into stoppage time and move into fourth on the WNT’s all-time goals scored list.
It was Lloyd’s 108th goal of her career and moved her past Michelle Akers on the USWNT’s all-time goals scored list.
The Americans finished the match outshooting South Africa, 19-5, and accumulating 70 percent of possession.
The USWNT travels to St. Louis, Mo. to take on New Zealand Thursday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2) at Busch Stadium in the second game of the Send-Off Series.