USA 2-0 New Zealand: Lloyd, Morgan inspire victory in Olympic opener

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The U.S. women’s national team’s quest for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal got off to a raring start on Wednesday, as the Americans rode goals scored by Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan to a 2-0 victory New Zealand on the opening day of the women’s soccer tournament in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Lloyd, the reigning World Player of the Year, got the scoring started with a looping header back across the face of goal in the 9th minute, giving the 34-year-old her third straight year of double-digit goals for the USWNT.

Morgan doubled the USWNT’s lead barely 40 seconds into the second half of play with an extremely tight finish from a tough angle at the near post. That’s 68 career goals for Morgan, inching her one tally closer to seventh place (Cindy Parlow – 75 goals) on the USWNT’s all-time goalscoring list.

The victory sends the USWNT top of Group G. Their toughest of three group games, against France, is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (Watch live on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com).