By Michael Chan-Lok
Boyds, Md. (March 6, 2019) – Washington Spirit defender Amy Harrison and the Australian Women’s National Team completed a tournament sweep and claimed all nine possible tournament points as they defeated Argentina 3-0 to claim the Cup of Nations.
Entering matchday three, the Matildas carried a three-point lead in the tournament and only needed to avoid defeat in the final match to come out as tournament winners, defeating New Zealand 2-0 and Korea Republic 4-1 in the preceding matches.
After making her first two appearances in the tournament as a second half substitute, Harrison earned a spot in the squad’s starting XI for the final match where she played the entire first half. Her noticeable presence and contribution on the pitch became a large factor in the team’s success which saw the Matildas take a convincing 2-0 lead into halftime. The Aussies would fittingly conclude the tournament with a goal from Caitlin Ford in the final minute of the match to claim a 3-0 victory and the trophy.
Australia displayed their dominance on both sides of the ball and gave World Cup opponents many reasons to keep take notice as June approaches, asserting an offensive power which found the back of the net nine times in the three games while maintaining two clean sheets and allowing only one goal in the process. Harrison also tallied the game-clinching assist in Australia’s 2-0 win over New Zealand on matchday one.
Harrison and the Matildas will play one final tune-up match before heading to France for the FIFA World Cup, as they will travel to Colorado to face off against the United States on April 4 at Dick Sporting Goods Park.