The United States women’s soccer team has won its third consecutive NCAA title, beating Team 10 House 5-2 to claim its third NCAA championship in the past five years.
Team 10 House led 3-0 at halftime and 3-1 at halftime, before the Americans’ star striker Hope Solo scored the winner at 4:36 of the third.
Team 7, the top seed from the Women’s Soccer Association tournament, fell 3-2 after the break and has won only one NCAA tournament game this year.USA Soccer said the team’s dominance was the result of its deep bench, with six players on the field for both goals.
“The way that the team has played in this tournament, I think that they are one of the top teams in the country,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.
“And I’m proud of the team that they’ve put together.
It was a team effort, it was a lot of work and it was fun to watch.”
Team 10 was a late addition to the NCAA tournament, joining the NCAA men’s tournament, which began Thursday and runs through March.
The women have won all three games in the tournament, including a 3-3 draw in the semifinals.
The USA won both games, 1-0, but the Americans finished tied for the tournament lead in goals scored.
Team 11, which lost to Team 10 last year in the final, is coming off a loss in the championship game to eventual champion Stanford.USA forward Abby Wambach has made three appearances in the NCAA final, while Lauren Holiday and Stephanie Labbe each scored in double figures.
The USWNT’s All-American forward Alex Morgan scored twice for Team 11.