USA wins World Cup 5-2 under leadership of W&M grad

VANCOUVER, B.C. (WRIC) — The United States Women’s National Team won its third World Cup with a 5-2 thrashing of Japan in Vancouver Sunday night.

Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the game’s first 16 minutes, and Lauren Holiday added one during that flurry to put the United States up 4-0 less than 30 minutes into the match.

After the Japanese scored two goals, Tobin Heath added the fifth American goal in the second half.

After that, only the countdown remained. The United States last won the World Cup in 1999. The first World Cup win came in 1991.

The woman at the helm of it all has ties to Virginia. Jill Ellis graduated from James Robinson High School in Fairfax before moving on to the College of William and Mary. Ellis played four years for the Tribe under Head Coach John Daly, who is still coaching women’s soccer in Williamsburg.

Daly said he was proud of his former player and that she had far outshone him when it came to coaching prowess.

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