Beth Mead notches hat trick as England bests Norway 8-0

Beth Mead of England (left) celebrates with Ellen White during England’s Euros group stage match against Norway. (Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

The England women’s national team sailed to an 8-0 win in Monday’s Euros group stage match against Norway after rocketing to a six-goal lead in the first half.

Georgia Stanway got the scoring started in the 12th minute, then Lauren Hemp added another in the 15th.

Both Ellen White and Beth Mead secured braces before the half to make it 6-0. Their four goals came in a span of 12 minutes. White’s two goals sandwiched Mead’s tallies, which came just four minutes apart in the 34th and 38th minutes.

Mead completed her hat trick in the 81st minute, tapping the ball into the net after Norwegian goalkeeper Guro Pettersen deflected a Keira Walsh shot.

England got 16 shots on target, while Norway failed to get one. The hosts of UEFA Women’s European Championship held possession for 61 percent of the match, and their pass accuracy sat at 89 percent.

The Lionesses became the first team to score eight goals in a Women’s Euros match, and also the first team in this year’s tournament to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.

This victory provided a much different look from the team that beat Austria just 1-0 last Wednesday in the opener. Mead also proved the difference-maker in that game, scoring the team’s one goal.

Austria later rebounded Monday with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland.