Morgan has hat trick, US beats Ireland 5-0

Alex Morgan scored three first-half goals as the Olympic gold

medal-winning U.S. women’s team beat Ireland 5-0 in an

international friendly Wednesday.

Sydney Leroux added two goals to help the top-ranked United

States to the win.

Morgan struck first in the 24th minute for her 25th goal this

year, making her the third U.S. player to reach the mark in a

season – Abby Wambach had 31 in 2004 and Michelle Akers had 39 in

1991. Leroux has a reserve-record 12 goals this season.

Hope Solo started in goal for the U.S. while her personal life

was again grabbing headlines. Earlier Wednesday her husband, NFL

player Jerremy Stevens, was taken into custody in Florida for an

alleged parole violation.