New Zealand defender Meikayla Moore scored three goals – for the US women’s national team – and the Americans won in a bizarre manner, 5-0, in California in the second round of the SheBelieves Cup.
The Americans, who tied the Czech Republic 0-0 in their opener on Thursday, got all the help they needed when Moore had own goals in the fifth, sixth and 36th minutes.
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Members of the US team took over from there. Ashley Hatch made it 4-0 in the 51st with a snap header via a service by Sofia Huerta, and Mallory Pugh scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
The US (1-0-1, 4 points) moved into first place pending the outcome of the match later between Iceland (1-0-0, 3 points) and the Czech Republic (0-0-1, 1 point). New Zealand have lost both matches.
The tournament wraps up later this week in Frisco, Texas, when New Zealand play the Czech Republic before Iceland and the US meet.
Moore tried to stop a cross from Sophia Smith but redirected the ball off her right leg for the 1-0 score. A minute later, Catarina Macario’s header from the centre of the box was going wide but instead glanced off Moore’s head.
The third goal was the result of a Margaret Purce cross from the right wing. Moore stuck out her foot to clear the ball, but again it went horribly wrong.