The United States won the 2015 Women's World Cup over Japan in a rematch of the final from four years ago and now Team USA has their first WWC victory since back in 1999 after a hat trick from Carli Lloyd to help the US Women's National Team get the trophy with the score of 5-2 in Vancouver on Sunday.
The United States started off fast, scoring on their first true opportunity of the game with a put in by Lloyd after a set piece. Coming into the game the US wanted to take advantage of the set pieces against Japan, as that was one of the weak points for the Japanese. Lloyd ended up scoring quickly after her first goal to give the team a 2-0 and she eventually had a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the game.
The first half ended 4-1 after Japan was able to put in a goal, but the team was not able to come back in the second half and that gave the US the victory. The team was able to put in subs and Abby Wambach had an appearance for the team as well. The United States previously won against Japan in the Olympics and now this is a rebound after the team lost in the last World Cup final on penalty kicks against the Japanese.
Lloyd is the first player to score a hat trick in the women's final and she also put in the fastest goal in a final, scoring in the first three minutes. The US scored a record amount of goals in the final and midfielder Tobin Heath put in the fifth goal for the United States. Lloyd won the Golden Ball for the tournament and Hope Solo won the Golden Glove for the World Cup after the win for the US.
The United States won the Cup for the third time and that is a record for the WWC.
"It's a surreal moment," Lloyd said. "It's been amazing. We just wrote history today and brought this World Cup trophy home, which is unbelievable."