After a narrow 1-0 loss to defending champions Japan in the opening match of Group C play, Switzerland earned its first win of the 2015 Women’s World Cup with a 10-1 thrashing of Ecuador.
With two losses by a combined score of 16-1, it’s been a tough trip to Canada for the Ecuadorian women.
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Switzerland dominated play early in the match, but got lucky to go ahead on an own goal from Angie Ponce in the 24th minute. As Ponce tracked back to defend a cross, she poked the ball into her own net, leaving goalkeeper Shirley Berruz helpless.
The Swiss continued to press, but the outmatched Ecuadorian side held strong to keep the deficit at one. However, they were handed a big blow when Eseosa Aigbogun scored on the final touch of the first half, and with the run of play, effectively put the game away as Switzerland headed into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.
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Things went from bad to worse for Ecuador, as Fabienne Humm tallied a hat trick for Switzerland in just five minutes after the break. First, Humm fired a shot into the top left corner from outside the box. Then just seconds later, Humm headed home to make the score 4-0. Fast forward a whole two minutes, and she completed the hat trick as Ecuador conceded at least five goals for the second straight match.
Ramona Bachmann scored from the penalty spot and then bagged another just a minute later, putting Switzerland up 7-0 after scoring five goals in 16 minutes.
Angie Ponce would convert a penalty for Ecuador’s first ever World Cup goal, a small consolation for the South American side. Ponce had a hat trick of her own, but unfortunately, two were own goals.