United States of America women’s team early on Wednesday claimed 2-1 victory over Super Falcons of Nigeria in their second friendly game.
At Audi Field, the U.S. made three changes to their lineup, bringing in Casey Murphy in goal, and also giving Sam Coffey of the Portland Timbers her first senior national team debut.
The U.S. shot into the lead in the 24th minute with an own goal from Oluwatosin Dimehin. However, it was Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh who made the play happen with a strong cross in the box.
After the teams broke for halftime, Nigeria equalised to ruin the U.S.’ perfect night. It was Uchenna Kanu — who plays as striker for Liga MX Femenil club Tigres — and her goal that broke an 880-minute shutout streak.
The United States took the lead once again in the 66th minute. Just a minute after entering the pitch, Megan Rapinoe notched the assist, sending in the ball inside the box, while Lavelle leaped up and got her head on it, sending it past Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and to the low corner.