Carli Lloyd wins Golden Ball; Hope Solo takes home Golden Glove in WWC award ceremony


Signifying the end of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, awards were doled out paying tribute to notable individual efforts.

Following an exceptional hat-trick performance in a 5-2 win over Japan to bring home the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Carli Lloyd won the Silver Boot and Golden Ball.

Lloyd plays for the Houston Dash in the United States’ NWSL and has over 200 appearances for the Stars and Stripes.

She was joined on the shortlist for the Golden Ball by teammates Julie Johnston and Megan Rapinoe, while Celia Sasic beat out Lloyd for the Golden Boot due to the amount of minutes played.

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The Germany international’s teammate, Anja Mittag, procured the Bronze Boot.

The Golden Glove award was given to USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, displaying her prowess as the best netminder in the world when tested. She faced competition from Germany’s Nadine Angerer and Japan’s Ayumi Kaihori.

19-year-old Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan, who attends West Virginia University, won the Young Player Award by anchoring Canada’s back line that gave up only three goals in five games.

The Silver Ball went to Amandine Henry of France and the Bronze Ball to Japan midfielder Aya Miyama.

Japan was given their second-place medals before FIFA executive Issa Hayatou, stepping in for president Sepp Blatter, awarded the United States with the main trophy.