USWNT blanks New Zealand after three first-half own goals

Sophia Smith celebrates a goal during the SheBelieves Cup. (Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

The United States women’s national team secured a 5-0 win over New Zealand on Sunday, in part thanks to three own goals by New Zealand’s Meikayla Moore to start the game.

The USWNT went up 2-0 on two subsequent own goals in the fifth and sixth minutes of the game. A third came off of Moore following a cross from Midge Purce in the 36th minute to make it 3-0.

Ashley Hatch scored her third career USWNT goal in the second half just five minutes after being subbed on for Catarina Macario. In November, the NWSL Golden Boot winner scored the third-fastest goal in USWNT history in her first start for the national team.

Hatch, the last USWNT player to score in 2021, is now the first player to score in 2022.

Mallory Pugh notched one more in stoppage time to seal the USWNT’s 5-0 win. The goal was the 19th goal of Pugh’s career with the national team.

With the win, the USWNT sits just behind Iceland in the SheBelieves Cup standings after Iceland defeated Czech Republic 2-1 on Sunday, giving them a 2-0 record in the tournament. The USWNT played to a scoreless draw with the Czech Republic in their first SheBelieves Cup matchup.

The U.S. and Iceland go head to head on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.