Record crowd sees US Women defeat Switzerland 4-1
Posted August 20
Updated August 21
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Switzerland 4-1 in front of a record crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park Wednesday.
"Driving up to the stadium and everyone is already here and already going nuts, that's special for us," said U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe.
It didn’t take long for the 9,992 red, white and blue clad fans in attendance to have a reason to cheer as Rapinoe netted the first goal of the game just three minutes in. The midfielder gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead with a kick to the right side of the goal that deflected off of Switzerland defender Rahel Kiwic.
"It's part of our game plan to go out all after them and try to at least put them under pressure in the first 10 minutes and obviously if we can get a goal that was good, took a little deflection but we got it," said Rapinoe.
Steady chants from the American Outlaws continued as the U.S. women kept the ball in the Switzerland end.
The second goal came after a Switzerland handball in the 55th minute. Fabienne Humm put a hand on the ball in the box setting up a penalty kick for the U.S.. Carli Lloyd shot it in the lower left corner for a 2-0 United States lead.
Switzerland answered back in similar fashion. Rapinoe got called for a handball in the 71st, setting up a penalty kick for the Swiss. Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic froze U.S. goalie Hope Solo as she buried it right, closing the gap to 2-1.
"My hands were on the way up to my face, where I think they can be, they obviously didn't make it up that far," said Rapinoe. "And I thought I was outside the box too, until I saw the replay. I was well inside the box an obviously a handball."
The United States extended their lead back to two after Christen Press scored on a self-assisted goal that grazed the top of the crossbar before bouncing in at the 77th minute.
A foul on Abby Wambach in the box during the 87th minute set her up for a penalty kick. Wambach sent it in with her right foot for the 4-1 international friendly final.
Switzerland goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann had eight saves in the first half before Stenia Michel came in to sub. United States’ Solo played a full game in goal but faced zero shots on goal.
The United States play next Sept. 13 against Mexico in Salt Lake City.