Posted at: 10/20/2013 7:15 PM
By: Associated Press
Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half and the U.S. women's national team overpowered Australia 4-0, giving coach Tom Sermanni a victory in his first match against his former team.
Holiday and Lloyd both scored on powerful volleys, and Abby Wambach scored her 162nd career international goal with a delicate flick off the outside of her right foot that trickled into the corner. Christen Press scored in stoppage time.
Hope Solo made three big saves in the first half for the United States.
The win extends the Americans' unbeaten streak to 36 games and pushed Sermanni's record with the U.S. to 11-0-2 in his first year. Sermanni led Australia to two World Cup appearances and an Asian Cup title, before taking the U.S. job in late 2012.
The 2012 Olympic champion, the U.S. is unbeaten on home soil since 2004, a streak of 74 games.