Despite scoring early, the USA women’s soccer team had to put up a fight in a second-half frenzy, winning 2-1 over England in the semi-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Scoring several times in the first 15 minutes during this year’s World Cup, Kelley O’Hara fed a pass to veteran Christen Press who headed the ball in to give USA the 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game.
Both teams battled back and forth after USA scored the first goal of the game. England got on the scoreboard about 10 minutes later with Ellen White scoring her sixth goal of the World Cup.
Tying the game up at one apiece and taking the golden boot lead for most goals scored in the World Cup, the teams traded position over and over again until birthday girl Alex Morgan got involved in the action.
Morgan, who had the lead for the golden boot with teammate Megan Rapinoe, who was missing from the starting lineup in today’s game, got a much-needed goal to take the 2-1 lead over England.
Her sixth of the World Cup came off an assist from Lindsay Horan, who sent the ball up high, and Morgan was able to head it past the England keeper as USA went into the half up by one goal.
Coming back from the break, England proved that they were not ready for their World Cup to end quite yet as White in the 66th minute got free and punched one in to tie the game up, 2-2, or so they thought.
With all goals getting a review from a video crew, they messaged down to the head referee to ask if White was onside before receiving the pass. The head referee agreed with the replay shown that White was offsides and took the goal off the board, keeping the lead at 2-1 in favor of Team USA.
As time was expiring and England’s chances running short to tie the game, a play was made when the ball was corralled by USA keeper Alyssa Naeher.
With some contact made, the referee consulted with the booth for a review of the play to see if there was a foul inside of the box to set up a penalty kick to try and tie the ball game up.
The referee gave England a penalty kick and a yellow card to Becky Sauerbrunn for denying the one-on-one goal situation and gave Steph Houghton a penalty try.
Houghton, facing off against Naeher, kicked to the left side of the goal with the USA keeper getting a huge save and giving England their third penalty kick miss in the 2019 World Cup.
Able to hold off England’s last few minutes of offensive threats, the USA team punched their third straight championship appearance and will go for another title as world’s best.
Game time will be at 10 a.m., July 7, and will face the winner of today’s Sweeden-Netherlands semi-final that plays at 2 p.m. in France.