Alex Morgan scores twice as USA hit five past New Zealand in friendly

The United States women rolled past New Zealand in friendly behind goals from Alex Morgan (twice), Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh and Lynne Williams

Alex Morgan scored twice and the US womens national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the teams 2017 schedule.

The US defeated the Ferns 3-1 in the first game on Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado. Julie Ertz led the way with two goals.

Lindsey Horan got the Americans off to a nice start in the rematch, scoring on a header in the 36th minute after coming in for Rose Lavelle. Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Pugh also finished with two assists.

Lavelle, who is from Cincinnati, played the shortened shift for the hometown crowd as she continued to work her way back from injury.

Morgan scored her first goal within the first minute of the second half. Lynne Williams added her third career national team goal, before Morgan struck again in the 69th minute. It was Morgans 77th international goal.

The US also saw midfielder Tobin Heath return from a back injury. She came in as a late sub for her first action with the national team since March.

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