The U.S. Women’s National Team put on a second-half show highlighted by debutante Lynn Williams game-winning goal just 49 seconds into her first international appearance to defeat Switzerland 4-0 in front of a boisterous crowd of 14,336 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis brought a slew of new faces into camp for these two games against Switzerland and handed international debuts to five players in the match including starts to U.S. Youth National Team veteran Andi Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short. In addition to Williams, second half subs who earned their first cap included BYU senior Ashley Hatch and defender Abby Dahlkemper.On the score sheet, the USA’s veterans showed their mettle as Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis all found the back of the net while Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn added assists.
USA – Lynn Williams, 46th minute: A pair of poor back passes allowed the speedy Williams to run onto a loose ball and rush into the Switzerland box where she calmly drew out the goalkeeper out before slotting a low shot from the middle of the box into the lower left corner, providing the game-winner just 49 seconds into her first international match. USA 1, SUI 0
- The win improves the USA’s record to 20-0-2 in 2016 and 3-0-0 all-time vs. Switzerland.
- U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher notched her fourth start in goal in 2016 and fifth appearance this year. She has nine career caps and six shutouts.
- The USA started in a 3-5-2 formation with Emily Sonnett, Allie Long and Becky Sauerbrunn in the back; Andi Sullivan, Morgan Brian and Lindsay Horan in the middle of midfield; Tobin Heath and Casey Short on the wings; and Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn up top.
- Stanford junior Andi Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars’ Casey Short both earned their first cap and first start with the WNT tonight. Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Ashley Hatch – who all came off the bench in the second half – also earned their first caps tonight.
- Williams added her name to the U.S. WNT history books with a goal (the game-winner) in her first game for the WNT and became the 20th U.S. WNT player to score in her first cap.
- Hatch enjoyed a supportive atmosphere as friends and family, as well as fans from around the area, came out to support the BYU senior, who is tied for most goals scored in NCAA Division I so far this season with 15.
- Allie Long made her 11th start of 2016 and 13th appearance of the year. Since re-joining the WNT in April, Long has more than quadrupled her career caps. Long came into this year with only four WNT appearances under her belt but with today’s start, earned her 17th cap. She has three goals and two assists this year as well. For the first time in her career with the WNT, Long played as a center back in the center of a three-player back line with Sonnett and Sauerbrunn.
- Tobin Heath made her 17th start of the year, scoring her fifth goal to go along with seven assists. She also recently scored against Thailand on Sept. 15 and assisted Lloyd on Sept. 18 against the Netherlands.
- Kelley O’Hara’s assist was the 10th of her career, putting her into double-figures.
- Sullivan and Hatch are the first active college players to earn a cap for the U.S. WNT since Emily Sonnett started vs. Brazil on Oct. 25, 2015, in Orlando during her senior year at UVA.
- Mallory Pugh, who has 17 caps this year, has earned them all before enrolling in college.
Date: Oct. 19, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 7 p.m. MT
Weather: 50 degrees; Partly Cloudy
USA 0 4 4
SUI 0 0 0
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn) 61
USA – Christen Press (Kelley O’Hara) 69
USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press) 76
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 12-Emily Sonnett (23-Christen Press, 46), 20-Allie Long (14-Abby Dahlkemper, 72), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn; 17-Tobin Heath (21-Ashley Hatch, 75), 19-Andi Sullivan (3-Samantha Mewis, 75), 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (13-Lynn Williams, 46), 8-Casey Short; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (5-Kelley O’Hara, 64), 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
Subs not used: 12-Stenia Michel, 21-Seraina Friedli, 4-Fabienne Bangerter, 16-Fabienne Humm, 22-Vanessa Bernauer
Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 2 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 17
Offside: 5 / 2
SUI – Noelle Maritz (caution) 44th
USA – Lynn Williams (caution) 81
SUI – Viola Calligaris (caution) 85
SUI – Cinzia Zehnder (caution) 86
Referee: Melissa Borjas Pastrana (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
4th Official: Guerra Flores (HON)