Women's World Cup 2019: USWNT opens final prep by dominating South Africa

Oleh Bob Hille 13 Mei 2019 1455
Women's World Cup 2019: USWNT opens final prep by dominating South Africa

The U.S. Women’s National Team began its final preparation for the start next month of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory Sunday against South Africa at Levi's Stadium.

The U.S. dominated the game in front of 22,788 fans in Santa Clara, California, though it didn't score its breakthrough goal until the 37th minute when Rose Lavelle slipped a ball to the top of the box for Samantha Mewis, who finished with a low shot inside the right post past South Africa goalkeeper Andile Dlamini.

Mewis scored again in the second half, her second Team USA career brace, when her upfield pressure paid off and she was able to take advantage of a poor clearing by Dlamini.

Carli Lloyd capped the scoring when she buried a late strike through three South Africa players to cement the final and move into fourth on the USWNT’s all-time goals scored list.

The U.S. outshot South Africa 19-5 and accumulated 70 percent of possession time during the game.

Team USA plays the second game of the three-game Send-Off Series on Thursday when it faces New Zealand in St. Louis (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

The Women's World Cup begins June 7 in France.

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