U.S. women defeat Australia, 4-0

October 20, 2013

Australia’s Teigen Allen challenges Alex Morgan at Alamodome in San Antonio. (By Cooper Neill — Getty Images)

Here is what you need to know — and see — from the U.S. women’s national team’s 4-0 victory over Australia on Sunday:

Lauren Holiday (formerly Cheney) and Carli Lloyd scored early, Abby Wambach scored midway and Christen Press scored late.

The Americans are 11-0-2 this year, 31-0-5 since losing to Japan at the Algarve Cup in March 2012, and 65-0-9 at home in the past nine years.

They are 22-0-2 all-time against Australia.

Hope Solo‘s 67th career shutout is four behind program leader Briana Scurry.

Attendance at Alamodome in San Antonio was 19,109, the largest home crowd of the year.

While No. 1 Virginia was defeating No. 4 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Cavaliers’ Morgan Brian played 26 minutes and the Tar Heels’ Crystal Dunn went 90 at right back. They’ll rejoin their college teams Monday.

The U.S. squad will play New Zealand next Sunday in San Francisco (6:30 ET) and Oct. 30 in Columbus (7:30 ET). The USSF website will provide a live stream of both matches. The 2013 finale is Nov. 10 against Brazil in Orlando (3:30 on NBC).

USA LINEUP

Solo; Dunn, Engen (Buehler 57th), Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; O’Reilly, Lloyd, Holiday (Brian 64th), Leroux (Press 57th); Morgan, Wambach.

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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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