U.S. women’s soccer team defeats Mexico, moves within one victory of Olympic berth

The U.S. women’s national soccer team continued to pummel opponents at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver on Tuesday, defeating Mexico 4-0 to win the group and set up a decisive semifinal match Friday against Costa Rica.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd recorded a hat trick as the Americans completed group play with a 31-0 goal difference in three victories. In those matches, the shot and corner kick margins were 103-15 and 28-4, respectively.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo is nursing a quadriceps injury but hopes to play against Costa Rica (2-1-0). Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on Universal Sports, concacaf.com and universalsports.com. Canada (3-0-0) will face Mexico (2-1-0) in the later match. The semifinal winners will secure Olympic berths.

Video of Lloyd’s goals and postgame interview:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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