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USWNT rides brace from super sub Morgan to big win (video)

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Alex Morgan scored two goals, the second with gusto, as the United States women’s national team hammered New Zealand 5-0 at Nippert Stadium in a Tuesday night friendly.

After Cincinnati native Rose Lavelle made a 30-minute cameo in her return from injury, the USWNT poured forth with goals.

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Coming off the bench, Morgan scored within a minute of her second half introduction.

And then, after an electric dribble from Mallory Pugh, Morgan rang an aesthetically-pleasing rocket off the proverbial woodwork to make it 5-0.

USWNT scores in 2nd half, beat Sweden 1-0 in road friendly

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Rose Lavelle scored in the second half, lifting the U.S. women to a 1-0 victory over Sweden in a friendly on Thursday night.

A perfectly timed run from the midfield by Crystal Dunn led to a through-ball for Lavelle inside the 18-yard box. Lavelle, 22, calmly put it home in the 56th minute for her second international goal in her fifth international appearance.

“I pulled out wide, Crystal popped in that pocket, and Crystal was running out the backline and laid an awesome ball to me and I hit it with my right foot,” Lavelle said of the goal. “When I got the ball, I was debating should I play it across the face of the goal or should I shoot it. I decided to be a little selfish.

“It was a good choice this time.”

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Earlier, Dunn had a semi-breakaway, but her shot was saved by Hilda Carlen.

In the match at Goteborg, Sweden, Alyssa Naeher got the shutout, with lots of help from Allie Long. Sweden had a dangerous chance in the 44th minute when Caroline Seger got free in the box. Her shot from the left side of the penalty area looked to be going wide before it was blocked by Long. The ball bounced over sliding goalkeeper Naeher, but Long recovered to sweep the ball off goal line.

“It feels good coming in, getting a game against a good opponent,” Naeher said. “I am happy with it.”

The United States is 21-6-11 against Sweden, including 3-0-0 in Sweden.

“To travel this far and get a result, sometimes those games you dominate and some you don’t,” coach Jill Ellis said. “And sometimes you just have to find a way to win, and I think we did that tonight.

“A lot of great lessons.”

The women will play Norway on Sunday to finish their two-game trip.

NWSL draft: Wisconsin’s Rose Lavelle goes no. 1 to Boston

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With the top pick in the National Women’s Soccer League college draft on Thursday, the Boston Breakers selected Rose Lavelle out of Wisconsin.

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The Breakers also had the No. 3 pick, which they used to get midfielder Morgan Andrews out of USC. The Trojans won the NCAA title this past season.

Lavelle, an attacking midfielder, played in 84 games over her college career, with 22 goals and 29 assists. She was called into the U.S. women’s national team January camp, but does not yet have a cap with the team.

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Andrews had 10 goals for USC this season, tying her for most goals on the team.

The North Carolina Courage had the No. 2 pick, selecting BYU forward Ashley Hatch. The Courage were the Western New York Flash until this week, when the team announced it had been sold and moved to Cary, North Carolina.