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O’Hara hits 100 appearances in USWNT win

It was Kelley O’Hara’s 100th appearance for the United States Women’s National Team, but it was Julie Ertz’ night.

The midfielder scored two goals for the United States in their 3-1 victory over the New Zealand Women’s National Team.

The United States’ third and final goal was scored by Alex Morgan.

Ertz’ first goal was assisted by Lindsey Horan, who, along with Mallory Pugh, featured in front of their hometown fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – home of the Colorado Rapids of the MLS – in Commerce City, Colorado. Ertz’ second goal was unassisted.

Ertz now has 11 career goals, with three coming in 2017.

“As the years have come and I’ve gotten more caps, the experience has come as well, and that helps,” Ertz said. “Being in training consistently has helped me to learn a lot and that’s how you gain another level of confidence and understanding of the game.”

Morgan’s assist on her goal was a bit different.

Sofia Huerta assisted Morgan’s goal in her first match for the USWNT. Huerta requested a one-time federation change from FIFA, which was granted only a day before the match.

Huerta switched from the Mexican Women’s National Team.

As for Morgan, she is now tied with USWNT legend Cindy Parlow for seventh-place on the all-time goal list, scoring her 75th goal against New Zealand.

However, the night belonged to O’Hara, who made her 100th appearance with the national team. O’Hara featured at right back for 77 minutes before an injury forced her to be substituted off in favor of Casey Short.

“This profession, this career, just being a member of this team, I don’t think anyone would say it’s smooth sailing at all times,” said O’Hara. “It’s a lot of ups and downs, but I think just being able to ride the wave and get through the hard times and be able to step onto the field 100 times for your country is pretty cool.”

O’Hara wore the captain’s armband to celebrate her achievement. Before the match kicked off, her family joined her where she was presented with an “O’Hara 100” jersey and flowers.

New Zealand had a single goal – and a single yellow card.

The yellow card occurred first, in the 46′ minute. Referee Katja Koroleva handed the card out to Annalie Longo.

The goal was scored by Hannah Wilkinson in the 74′ minute. Wilkinson’s tally was assisted by Ali Riley.

In goal, Alyssa Naeher started for the United States, and for New Zealand Erin Nayler took between the sticks.

Naeher made two saves, while Nayler made one.

The two sides will compete against each other again on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The match will be shown on FS1.

Photo of Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Kelley O’Hara courtesy of Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

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Rachael McKriger
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