Julie Ertz double powers USA women past New Zealand in friendly

Ertz scored twice in an eight-minute span in the first half and Alex Morgan added a late tally as the United States won 3-1 over New Zealand in a friendly J

Ertz scored twice in an eight-minute span in the first half and Alex Morgan added a late tally as the United States won 3-1 over New Zealand in a friendly

Julie Ertz scored twice in an eight-minute span in the first half, Alex Morgan added a goal in the 79th minute and the United States women beatNewZealand3-1 on Friday night at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

Morgan tied Cindy Parlow for seventh on the US national team goals list with 75.

In the 16th minute, Denver-area native Lindsey Horan headed a cross toward goal and Ertz redirected it home. In the 24th, Megan Rapinoe headed it off the post and Ertz sent it in from distance.

NewZealandcut it to 2-1 in the 75th when Hannah Wilkinson headed in Ali Rileys cross that bounced in front of the goal. But Morgan gave the US a two-goal lead again four minutes later on a tough-angle shot off the hand of Erin Nayler.

Kelley OHara wore the captains armband and became the 36th player to appear in 100 matches for the US. Second-half substitute Sofia Huerta made her debut and assisted on Morgans goal.

The teams will play again Tuesday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

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