US whip Japan 5-2 for third WCup title
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP):
The United States won their third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan yesterday behind a first-half hat-trick by Carli Lloyd.
The Americans became the first country with three women's titles, and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan.
Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.
Lauren Holiday also scored in the first half, and Tobin Heath added a goal in the 54th minute after Japan scored an own goal to cut the deficit to 4-2.