Sophia Smith celebrates one of her three goals. (© Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The U.S. women’s national team rolled over Uzbekistan, 9-1, as seven players scored goals in the first of two friendly matches between the teams during this April international window on Saturday night.

Seven of the nine goals were scored by players under the age of 25.

A hat-trick from forward Sophia Smith led the attack. Midfielder Andi Sullivan, forward Mallory Pugh, forward Catarina Macario, midfielder Jaelin Howell, forward Ashley Hatch and midfielder Ashley Sanchez tallied a goal apiece to extend the team’s home unbeaten streak to 66 matches.

For U.S. youth national team veterans Howell and Sanchez, the goals were the first of their senior team careers.

The USA created a plethora of attacking threats early, including a back-to-back denial by the woodwork in the fifth minute, but could not pierce a crowded low block and a committed Uzbekistan defense through the opening 25 minutes.

The floodgates opened in the 26th minute as a string of three headers following a corner kick concluded with Sullivan’s headed goal. The USA wasted no time striking again as Pugh doubled the lead just 46 seconds later following an impressive team defensive press and attack immediately after the Uzbekistan kickoff to restart play.

Smith’s shining night started when she added her name to the score sheet in the 33rd minute, burying a Pugh cross that came from deep on the left flank with a right-footed strike from 10 yards out. Smith doubled her tally just two minutes later after Sullivan intercepted a punt from the goalkeeper to play her in on goal with a one-touch pass. Smith finished with a powerful left-footed strike from just inside the penalty box from 17 yards out to send the team into the halftime break with a comfortable lead.

Just 39 seconds into the second half, Macario added her goal after dribbling around the goalkeeper following a brilliant run of possession play. Ten minutes later, Smith completed her first career hat trick after finishing off another cross from Pugh, who had dribbled around the onrushing goalkeeper, with a tap in from close range.

At 21.66 years of age, Smith is the youngest player to record a hat-trick for the USWNT since 2000 when Long Island’s Christie Welsh achieved the feat at 19-years-old. Forward Sydney Leroux scored five goals in a match in January 2012, but she was slightly older at 21.73 years old.

Following a string of USA substitutions, Howell scored her first career international goal in the 64th minute with a lobbed shot over the goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Uzbekistan pulled one back when Aziza Norboeva got on the end of a flicked corner kick and scored off her thigh from close range to make it 7-1, ending the USA’s two-year shutout streak on home soil at an astonishing 1,632 minutes. The team had not allowed a goal at home since March 11, 2020.

The USWNT closed out the night with goals from Hatch on a header in the 86th minute and another from Sanchez in the 90th after a nifty dribble inside the box. The USA will now take on Uzbekistan again at Subaru Park in Chester, Penn. on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Vix).