Megan Rapinoe’s game-winning goal in the World Cup final earned her the Golden Boot title. (Photo courtesy of USWNT Twitter.)
The US women’s national soccer team claimed their fourth World Cup title in front of a crowd of 57,900 on Saturday.
They battled to a 2-0 win against the Netherlands, who are European champions but had never been to a World Cup championship.
Few had hope for the Dutch in their game against a team that hasn’t lost a World Cup game since 2011.
“Fantastic resilience, chemistry,” US Head Coach Jill Ellis said of her team. “They put their hearts and souls into the tourny.”
The first half went by without a goal. Deadly shots came from the USA’s Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan, but Dutch goalie Sari van Veenendaal, Golden Glove winner, made impressive saves to keep her team in the game.
A penalty shot was granted to the USA in the 62nd minute after the Netherlands committed a high foot in the box. Megan Rapinoe, recipient of the tournament’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball, buried the goal.
The second goal came from rising star Rose Lavelle, who took a step into space with the ball and shot from the top of the box into the bottom right corner of the net.
The win gave the USA their second consecutive World Cup champion title. When the game ended, the pro-American fans filled the stadium with their chants of, “EQUAL PAY!”