[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Switzerland, 4-1, in front of a crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. It was the first meeting between the two teams. Switzerland is the first European nation to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after its win over Israel at home in June 2014.
Goal scorers for the United States include Megan Rapinoe in the third minute, Carli Lloyd with the converted penalty kick in the 56th minute, Christen Press in the 77th minute, and Abby Wambach converted the match’s third penalty kick in the 87th minute.
For Switzerland, Ana-Maria Crnogorčević converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute to deny Hope Solo the clean sheet.
The USWNT will next play Mexico in a two-game series on Sept. 13 and Sept. 18.
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Cynthia Hobgood is a Washington, DC-based digital communications consultant, photographer and writer. Hobgood started covering soccer as a journalist in 2000 for weekly/daily publications and ultimately, the Associated Press (while also covering other pro and NCAA sports primarily in the DC area.) She previously helped launch a national youth sports nonprofit and started Full 90 Communications earlier this year. Hobgood has a master’s degree in sports management from The George Washington University School of Business and master of arts degree in English from Baylor University.