The US Women’s National Team ended a 16 year slump last night in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. The US defeated Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, their first since 1999. The win gave the US women three World Cup wins, the most of any nation.
The US came out strong, dominating the early play. Within 16 minutes the US had opened up a 4-0 lead. Carli Lloyd led the way, scoring the fastest goal in World Cup final history in the third minute. Lloyd would add two more goals to net the first hat trick in final history as well. She was awarded the Golden Ball award as player of the tournament.
Japan finally got on the board in the 27th minute with their first goal. The US gave up an own goal by Julie Johnston in the 52nd minute to cut the lead to 4-2. The US quickly retook control with Tobin Heath netting a goal two minutes later to regain a three goal lead. The 5-2 score would end up being final.
Hope Solo was awarded her second straight Golden Glove as top goalkeeper of the tournament. Prior to the final, Solo had five straight shutouts. The US went 540 minutes without conceding a goal.
The win was especially sweet for the US, as it was a rematch of the 2011 final that the team lost to Japan on penalty kicks. Four starters returned from that 2011 team, while Japan returned eight starters.
A sellout crowd of 53,341 were on hand in Vancouver to watch the final.