Carli Lloyd celebrates her goal, becoming the oldest USWNT player to record one. (Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
The U.S. women’s national team scored early and often Sunday night en route to a relatively easy 4-0 victory over Jamaica in the Summer Series at BBVA Stadium in Houston.
There were plenty of milestones in the win as the Americans extended their unbeaten streak to 41 games, their home unbeaten streak to 55 contests and their goal-scoring streak to 70 matches. They also have recorded six consecutive clean sheets at home, with Adrianna Franch securing the shutout not having much work in a rare start.
The USA is undefeated against the Reggae Girlz in four contests, outscoring its rivals, 26-0.
Vlatko Andonovski has gotten off to the best start for a USA head coach as he remained unbeaten in 20 games (190-1).
There also was an individual player milestone or two, starting with Carli Lloyd, who captained the team in the game. Only 23 seconds after the opening kickoff, she became the oldest player in USWNT history to score a goal (38 years, 332 days). Kristine Lilly had held the record (38 years, 264 days).
Three first half goals in 60 seconds ⏰
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 14, 2021
Right back Emily Sonnett initiated the scoring sequence with passes going to Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle, who sent the ball across the field to Lloyd at the left back post. Lloyd slipped the ball past goalkeeper Sydney Schneider for her 125th international goal and the second earliest goal in team history, as the USA never looked back.
Lloyd almost doubled the lead in the fifth minute, when she rammed a shot off the crossbar.
Two minutes later, Horan made sure the hosts got on the scoreboard as she converted a penalty kick just to the left of center after Christen Press was fouled in the upper left part of the box by.
Midge Purce made it 3-0, connecting from eight yards on the right side for her second international score in her third start. Press assisted on that goal.
The only bad news in the opening came when Lavelle was forced from the match in the 32nd minute after apparently turning her ankle. Sam Mewis replaced her.
Two minutes into stoppage time, second-half substitute Alex Morgan closed out the scoring, heading in a Mewis cross from the left side, from eight yards out.
The USWNT finish the Summer Series against Nigeria in Austin, Texas Wednesday night (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Then it will be up to Andonovski to select his 18-player roster for the Olympic squad that will compete in the Summer Games in Japan, starting July 21.