U.S. Women Overcome a Scrappy Scotland National Team in Nashville
By Lance Ogren
A focussed U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, still rolling after winning Gold in the 2012 Olympic Games, came to Nashville to take on Scotland in front of over 14,000 enthusiastic U.S. soccer fans.
In spite of the 40 degree weather, the atmosphere in the stands was rocking, and the competition was fierce. In response to an earlier 4-1 loss a few days ago to the U.S. team in Jacksonville, the Scotland Team put more of an emphasis on aggressively defending their goal. The U.S. team obliged with an aggressive offense that pressured Scotland’s end of the field, and made Scotland’s goalie and full-backs work over-time. Scotland’s defense held tough for most of the first half, and they made several close runs at the U.S. goalie themselves. However, #1 Hope Solo defended the US goal perfectly in the first half, and the U.S. team’s persistence finally paid off with a 15 yard goal by #15 Megan Rapinoe that put the U.S. on top 1-0 going into half-time.
Back from the half-time break, the U.S. ladies seemed to become even more aggressive in attacking Scotland’s goal. The U.S. nearly converted a handful of early close calls, then #20 Abby Wambach put the U.S. up 2-0 just 6 minutes into the second half. #14 Sydney Leroux continued to heap pressure on Scotland as she did in the first half. And #22 Christen Press put the game out-of-reach by knocking in a perfectly timed pass from #7 Shannon Boxx to make it 3-0.
The energy from the fans cheering for the U.S. ladies was electric all night long with unrestrained patriotism and more enthusiasm for the players than you might expect to see at a rock concert. As the match came to a close, chants of U.S.A. echoed through the stadium at LP Field, and the U.S. team stayed long after the closing ceremonies to meet with fans and sign autographs. For more photos click here