The USWNT defeated Italy 1-0 thanks to a stoppage time goal from Alex Morgan. The match itself was pretty turgid. Check out the Cover It Live post below for some minute-by-minute coverage and thanks to everyone who participated.
The USWNT probably should not have won the game but the team scored more goals than Italy, and that’s all that matters. Italy sat back and defended en masse. The USWNT struggled to break Italy’s gritty defense down and never offered much of an attacking threat. Italy’s American-born goalkeeper Anna Picarelli had a fine showing in goal, pawing down each and every effort despite being of rather diminutive size. Amy LePeilbet and Rachel Buehler had their best games for the USWNT since May. The USWNT’s center part of the field continued to be an absolute mess, however, with possession continually being handed over. Amy Rodriguez’s goal-scoring prowess eluded her today and Abby Wambach was rendered ineffective by Italy’s outstanding center back pairing.
The moment belongs to the Cal senior, however. It was her cool finish in what seemed liked the 15th minute of stoppage time that gave the USWNT the win and the all-important away goal. It also gives the team some breathing room in Bridgeview next week.
So thanks, Alex Morgan. Things were looking pretty scary for a moment.