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October 28, 2013

Rapinoe scores early, U.S. beats New Zealand 4-1

SAN FRANCISCO — Megan Rapinoe got into the flow of things quickly. She arrived from France on Tuesday, got in a couple of training sessions and went right to work.

Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly scored to help the U.S. women’s soccer team beat New Zealand 4-1 in an exhibition game Sunday at Candlestick Park.

“It’s worse having to go back,” Rapinoe said. “Coming here wasn’t bad.”

Hannah Wilkinson, a junior at Tennessee, scored for New Zealand.

“The first 10 or 15 minutes we looked quite shaky,” New Zealand coach Tony Readings said. “The U.S. is a step up and it took a while to get up to speed.”

The Americans improved to 12-0-2 this year. They extended their overall unbeaten streak to 37 games and their home unbeaten streak to 75, a stretch that dates to 2004.

“In the second half we got out of our rhythm and allowed New Zealand to dictate,” U.S. coach Tom Sermanni said.

“It was a tough fight in the second half.”

Hope Solo had a pair of saves in the first half, including a 1-on-1 with Wilkinson. Nicole Barnhart was in the net for the second half.

Rapinoe opened the scoring in the seventh minute, converting a free kick from just outside the penalty box that she directed into the upper left corner.

“I was trying to lift it up and over the wall,” she said. “It’s always hard for the keeper to see. It was well placed. I don’t know that I do that again.”

Rapinoe, selected the player of the match, scored her 23rd career goal.

Lloyd created her own scoring opportunity in the 12th minute, stealing the ball from a defender and dribbling it into the box. She beat goalkeeper Erin Naylor to the near corner.

Lloyd scored in consecutive games for the first time this season. She has 46 goals to break a tie with Julie Foudy for the career U.S. lead among players who have played exclusively in the midfield.

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