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U.S. Women’s Soccer claims the cup, beats Japan 5-2 in final

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Vancouver, Canada – Sunday, July 5, 2015: The USWNT defeat Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at BC Place. (Photo courtesy of US Soccer)

Talk about a fascinating final.

The anticipation was finally over. A rematch of the 2011 World Cup final game. But this time it was different.This time no penalty kicks were needed. This time the U.S. team was crowned champions.

The U.S. team came out as if it had a chip on it’s shoulder. What happened four years ago in the final game loss against Japan was not forgotten. This thought combined with a hat trick and lock down defense gave U.S. the cup.

The game felt as if it was going to be finished early. The U.S. controlled the game and had the pedal to the metal early on. The U.S. aggressively took a 4-0 lead in the first 16 minutes, thanks to midfielder Carli Lloyd.

Lloyd scored goals in the third, fifth, and again in the 16th minute to complete the hat trick.

Japan’s midfielder Yuki Ogimi scored in the 27th minute for a 4-1 halftime score.

An own goal by U.S.’s Julie Johnston in the second half brought the score to 4-2. The U.S. regained momentum two minutes later with a goal by Tobin Heath for a 5-2 final score.

The U.S. recorded 15 total shots, seven which were on goal compared to Japan’s 12 shots, of which four were on goal. Japan controlled the ball 52% of the time.

Lloyd won the Silver Boot and Golden Ball awards. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove award for the second consecutive World Cup. She conceded three goals the entire tournament.

The U.S. made FIFA Women’s World Cup history with most goals scored and winning by the largest margin in a finals game.

It is the team’s third World Cup title, not having won one since 1999.

The U.S. women’s soccer team can conseve this momentum into the 2016 olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer.

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