U.S. women cruise past Switzerland in friendly

Published 08/20 2014 09:07PM

Updated 08/20 2014 09:07PM

Cary, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States women's national team marked its first-ever meeting with Switzerland with a convincing victory as the Americans marched to a 4-1 win at WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday.

The U.S. was in front after only three minutes thanks to Megan Rapinoe, but the Americans failed to add to their lead before the close of the first half.

Carli Lloyd doubled the U.S. national team's advantage in the 56th minute with a well-taken penalty kick, but a hand ball from Rapinoe in the box allowed Ana Maria Crnogorcevic to pull one back for Switzerland from the spot.

Christen Press restored the two-goal margin with a splendid effort from 25 yards out that saw the ball strike the underside of the crossbar on its way into the back of the net.

Abby Wambach wrapped up the affair late on when she drew a foul in the box and converted the ensuing penalty for her 168th career goal with the national team.

The United States, unbeaten since suffering a 5-3 defeat to Denmark in Algarve Cup play on March 10, will return to action with a friendly match against Mexico on Sept. 13.

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