U.S. Women's National team defeats Australia 3-1 in World Cup opener
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File). FILE - In this May 30, 2015, file photo, a spectator watches warm-ups before an international friendly soccer match between South Korea and the United States in Harrison, N.J.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Led by two goals from Megan Rapinoe, the United States Women's National Team kicked off their quest for a third World Cup title with a win over Australia 3-1.
Rapinoe was the stand-out in the team's first game in Winnipeg, netting the team's first goal in the 12th minute and the third goal in the 78th minute. Hope Solo put in a solid performance from the goal line, earning five saves on six shots-on-target.
The USA back line struggled at times to keep pace with Australia's forwards, led by the Matildas' only goal scorer Lisa De Vanna.
Christen Press notched the second goal for USA, finishing a cut-back cross after a blistering run by Sidney Leroux down the left wing.
Megan Rapinoe and Laruen Holiday both picked up yellow cards, another yellow card in group play would earn them a one-match ban.
The U.S. Women's National Team remains in Winnipeg for their second match in group play on June 12. They will take on Sweden at 8 p.m. ET on WDRB.