Wilkinson Scores As NZ Falls To U.S., 4-1

Oct. 28, 2013

New Zealand and Tennessee forward Hannah Wilkinson (17) scores a goal against USA defender Rachel Buehler (16) during the second half at Candlestick Park. USA defeated New Zealand 4-1. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tennessee junior Hannah Wilkinson scored in the 54th minute as her New Zealand women's national team fell to the U.S., 4-1, on Sunday in an international friendly at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Taking on the No. 1-ranked team in the world, Wilkinson punched in her 16th career score for New Zealand in her 46th cap for the Football Ferns.

The U.S. jumped out to a 3-0 lead by halftime after goals by Megan Rapinoe (seventh minute), Carli Lloyd (12th minute) and Christen Press (42nd minute).

In the 34th minute, Wilkinson ripped a shot at the left post that U.S. keeper Hope Solo turned away. Solo played 45 shutout minutes in the first with two saves.

Wilkinson got New Zealand on the scoreboard in the 54th minute to end Team USA's shutout streak at 387 minutes and cut the Americans' lead to 3-1. With backup keeper Nicole Barnhart in goal, Wilkinson was on top of a rebound off a kick save by Barnhart, striking the ball into the left side of the goal from eight yards out.

New Zealand and the U.S. will play another friendly on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

-U.S. Women's National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Women's National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: Oct. 27, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 16,315
Weather: 62 degrees, overcast

Scoring Summary:
1 2 F NZL 0 1 1
>USA - Megan Rapinoe 7th minute
USA - Carli Lloyd 12
USA - Christen Press 42
NZL - Hannah Wilkinson 54
USA - Heather O'Reilly (Christen Press) 87

USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (3-Christie Rampone, 73), 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (8-Kristie Mewis, 80), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 80); 23-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Yael Averbuch, 14-Whitney Engen, 26-Leigh Ann Robinson
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

NZL: 21-Erin Nayler; 5-Abby Erceg (capt.), 2-Ria Percival, 7-Ali Riley, 15-Rebekah Stott; 12-Betsy Hassett (11-Kirsty Yallop, 60), 4-Katie Hoyle, 16-Annalie Longo; 10-Sarah Gregorius (13-Rosie White, 79), 9-Amber Hearn, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (20-Hellen Collins, 75)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Jenny Bindon, 3-Anna Green, 6-Meikayla Moore, 14-Elizabeth Milne, 18-Megan Lee, 19-Stephanie Skilton
Head coach: Tony Readings

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 17 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:None

Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match:
Abby Wambach





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