The U.S. women’s national team will play its final match of the year on Tuesday, November 30, when it squares off against Australia at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 8:05 p.m. local/4:05 a.m. ET on ESPN.
The match comes three days after the USA bested the Matildas, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Goals from Ashley Hatch, Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan along with a stellar performance in goal from Casey Murphy proved to be the difference.
With a record of 17-2-4 this year, the USA looks to close out the calendar year with another positive result Down Under. This will be the fourth meeting this year between the USA and Australia, making the Matildas the teams’ most common foe in 2021.
The U.S. got off to a fast start in Sydney with Ashley Hatch scoring 24 seconds into the match off an assist from Lynn Williams. The goal was the third-fastest in USWNT history and was also the first international goal for Hatch, who made her first start for the USA in what was her first game for the National Team since 2018. The Matildas grew into the match as the half progressed and created some quality chances, but Murphy proved more than up to the task in her international debut and helped the USA maintain a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Rose Lavelle doubled the USA’s advantage, capping off a brilliant counterattack spearheaded by Sofia Huerta and Margaret Purce. Lavelle’s goal was her fifth of the year and the 18th of her international career. Lindsey Horan, who captained the side, capped off the scoring by drawing and converting a penalty in the 68th minute. Murphy finished the night with eight saves as the USA kept its fifth consecutive clean sheet.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns FC; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 7), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 1)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 3/0), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave FC; 77/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 44/1), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 0/0), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 7/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 8/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 198/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 62/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 107/25), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 67/18), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 12/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 32/4), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 1/0), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 21/2)
FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (OL Reign; 1/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 3/1), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 8/2), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 10/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 44/13), Morgan Weaver (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lydia Williams (Arsenal, ENG), 12-Teagan Micah (Rosengård, NOR), 18-Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United, ENG)
DEFENDERS (9): 4-Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK, SWE), 14-Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City, ENG), 7-Steph Catley (Arsenal, ENG), 21-Ellie Carpenter (Lyon, FRA), 3-Courtney Nevin (Melbourne Victory), 8-Charlotte Grant (Rosengård, Sweden), 5-Karly Roestbakken (LSK Kvinner, NOR), 2-Angela Beard (Fortuna Hjørring, DEN), 24-Jessika Nash (Sydney FC)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 19-Kyra Cooney-Cross (Melbourne Victory), 10-Emily van Egmond (Orlando Pride), 13-Tameka Yallop (West Ham United, ENG), 6-Clare Wheeler (Fortuna Hjørring, DEN)
FORWARDS (9): 20-Sam Kerr (Chelsea, ENG), 9-Caitlin Foord (Arsenal, ENG), 11-Mary Fowler (Montpellier, FRA), 15-Emily Gielnik (Aston Villa, ENG), 16-Hayley Raso (Everton, ENG), 17-Kyah Simon (Tottenham Hotspur, NED), 22-Bryleeh Henry (Western Sydney Wanderers), 23-Remy Siemsen (Sydney FC), 25-Charlize Rule (Sydney FC)