Banyana suffers 3-0 defeat to USA

United States beat Banyana Banyana 3-0 in a friendly international match played at TQL Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio.

Forward Lynn Williams scored two goals while forward Trinity Rodman contributed one goal, all in the first half of the match.

This game marked the final international match for the legendary midfielder Julie Ertz, who had a distinguished career with the United States Women National Team.

United States tried to get Ertz a goal on several set piece opportunities, but she narrowly missed a header in the 18th minute and Banyana Banyana goalkeeper, Kaylin Swart, made a diving save in the 21st minute.

Desiree Ellis’ charges had a few counterattack opportunities and came close to scoring, with Thembi Kgatlana having a chance in the 15th minute and a shot deflected by defender Naomi Girma in the 26th minute.

The breakthrough for the home side came in the 32nd minute when Lynn Williams scored from a corner kick.

And just a minute and 39 seconds later, Trinity Rodman added another goal in transition and Lindsey Horan assisted in both goals.

Ertz took her final bow in the 36th minute, leaving the field to a standing ovation from the Cincinnati crowd.

The 2019 World Cup winners made it 3-0 before halftime with another set piece goal. Sullivan took the corner, and a skillful heel flick from Lindsey Horan found Williams, who deflected the ball into the net with her mid-section.

Williams’ two goals marked her second career multi-goal game, and these were her second and third goals of the year 2023.

In the second half United States continued to threaten but they couldn’t add to their lead. Interim head coach Twila Kilgore made five substitutions to maintain their advantage.

United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had a strong performance, allowing only one shot on goal from South Africa, which she easily saved.

The match ended 3-0 in favour of the home side and the second match will take place on Sunday, 24 September at Soldier Field in Chicago for legendary forward Megan Rapinoe’s farewell match.

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