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USWNT draws with Australia after conceding late deflection


The United States women’s national team will leave Australia with a win and a tie after drawing with Australia 1-1 on Tuesday.

Ashley Hatch, three days after scoring the third-fastest goal in USWNT history in a 3-0 win over the Matildas, slotted home a pass from Midge Purce in the fourth minute for her second career goal with the national team.

The U.S. maintained the 1-0 advantage for the next 84 minutes, outshooting Australia 16-8 and tallying seven shots on goal. Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams made six saves to keep the USWNT from padding their lead.

Australia broke the tie in the 88th minute when Sam Kerr set up Kyah Simon for a shot from outside the 18-yard box. Simon’s shot deflected off of a U.S. defender and past keeper Casey Murphy for the equalizer.

Lindsey Horan had the opportunity to win the game for the USWNT in stoppage time, but an offside call negated her sliding volley goal.

With the draw in front of 20,459 fans in Newcastle, the USWNT finishes the 2021 calendar with an overall record of 17-2-5 in 24 matches.