Carli Lloyd scores three World Cup goals in 17 minutes
By Larry Brown
Carli Lloyd exploded in the first 17 minutes of the Women’s World Cup Final by scoring three goals for a natural hat trick as part of a massive onslaught by the US against Japan.
Four years after losing in the World Cup Final to Japan, the USWNT came out on a mission of revenge. Lloyd scored in the third minute, fifth minute and again in the 16th minute against Japan. Her three goals were the most ever scored by a player in a World Cup Final. Sandwiched in between her second and third goals was a score by Lauren Holiday. Add it all up and the US led 4-0 in the first 17 minutes.
The three goals gave Lloyd six for the tournament, tying her with Celia Sasic for the Golden Boot. Lloyd is a virtual lock to win the Golden Ball as well.
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