Crystal Dunn lifts USA past England

Published Friday, March 4, 2016 7:56 AM by Shane Barrow
Crystal Dunn lifts USA past England

Sometimes the phrase "super sub" is used a bit loosely.  On Thursday night in Tampa, Florida the term definitely applied correctly to Crystal Dunn who entered the match and promptly scored a wonderful goal lifting the US Women to a 1-0 victory over visiting England.

The substitution was a timely decision from US Coach Jill Ellis as the boss looked to break the tense stalemate.  Crystal entered in the 67th minute and provided the winner with a perfectly placed shot into the upper corner of the net just five minutes later.

Coach Ellis called it a "world class" goal. "She's done well, she deserves to be in here,'' Ellis said. "This is what she can pull out, these exceptional efforts.''

The girls from England were in solid form denying the talented Americans quality scoring opportunities throughout the night.  The high powered US offense could only managed a single shot on goal the entire opening half of play.  The rowdy crowd of over 13,000 saw goalkeeper Hope Solo post her 96th shutout for the National Team.  

Next up for the US Women is a Sunday soccer match against France in Nashville, Tennessee. Germany narrowly defeated France earlier in the day in the opening games of the SheBelieves Cup. The round robin wraps up Wednesday in Boca Raton, Florida, when the U.S. meets Germany and England plays France.