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RCHARLOTTE, NC., (Oct. 3, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its 2019 Victory Tour presented by Allstate with a 2-0 win against Korea Republic before a state-record crowd of 30,071 at Bank of American Stadium.
Spirit players Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle both started as the USWNT delivered head coach Jill Ellis her 106th career win, moving her past the late great Tony DiCicco for the most victories in program history.
Spirit players had an impact in the first half as a stinging, wide-angle shot from Pugh forced a fingertip save from Korea goalkeeper Kim Min-Jung, who pushed the shot onto the crossbar.
The U.S. offense broke through just before the stroke of halftime as Pugh drew a freekick on the right-wing. Megan Rapinoe bent the ensuing freekick behind the Korean defense for the crashing Long who volleyed home her eighth career goal and the 1-0 lead.
Washington Spirit captain and midfielder Andi Sullivan subbed into the game for Lavelle in the 66th minute. Sullivan earned her 13th USWNT cap since 2016.
Fifteen minutes from time, Pugh capped off the scoring, heading in a Rapinoe corner kick to put the U.S. up 2-0. From the right corner flag, Rapinoe zipped a cross into the six-yard box directly to an unmarked Pugh who acrobatically turned the ball on goal, redirecting it into the net. That score would stand up for the final result as the USA celebrated its 18th victory of the year.
The WNT concludes the 2019 Victory Tour against Korea Republic at Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 6 (3 p.m. ET; ESPN). The game will be the swan song for Jill Ellis, the USWNT’s all-time winningest head coach and winner of back-to-back World Cups.