June 2, 2016
U.S. women draw Japan 3-3 in rematch of WWC final
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The U.S. women's national team battled back from two goals down and took a late lead before ultimately settling for a 3-3 draw with Japan Thursday in front of 18,572 at sold-out Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
|Lindsey Horan's 89th-minute goal gave the US Women a short-lived 3-2 lead over Japan on Thursday.
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Alex Morgan paced the US with two goals, and Lindsey Horan came off the bench to give the WNT a short-lived 3-2 lead by scoring in the 89th minute.
Japan took a surprising 2-0 lead midway through the first half as Mana Iwabuchi's excellent shot from distance in the 14th minute and captain Yuki Ogimi's sliding effort in the 22nd put the U.S. WNT in a two-goal hole at home for the first time in 117 matches. Ogimi went on to collect two yellow cards and be sent off in the 57th minute, opening the door for the US comeback.
Morgan put the US on the board in the 27th minute with a powerful in-stride shot off a quick pass from Mallory Pugh, and knotted the score 2-2 in the 64th, outleaping her defender for Tobin Heath's free kick and scoring from the top of the six-yard box.
Horan finished off a late breakaway, beating a defender and goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita to Kelley O'Hara's lofted ball from the left wing and heading the ball into the open net.
Kumi Yokoyama gave Japan the last word on the final play of the match, in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Mizuho Sakaguchi received the ball in the middle of the field and then picked up her second assist of the evening by slipping a pass behind the U.S. defense to Yokoyama, who took a touch and sent a well-placed strike low into the left corner for the final equalizer.