Bowen and New Zealand Fall to USA on Matchday 2 Kansas City Current

Bowen and New Zealand Fall to USA on Matchday 2

SAITAMA, JAPAN (July 24, 2021) – New Zealand’s national team took on the United States Saturday morning in the second match of the Group G. Kansas City NWSL’s Katie Bowen started and played the full 90 in her second game for New Zealand. Bowen was a workhorse in the midfield position, making dynamic runs for the Football Ferns. Despite Bowen’s dominant play, the United States controlled most of the game and tallied six goals to New Zealand’s one. 

The United States opened the scoring in the 7th minute of play when Tobin Heath found a slashing Rose Lavelle who slotted a near-post shot to find the back of the net. The United States continued to put pressure on New Zealand’s backline, but four goals were called off due to offsides. The final minutes of the first half belonged to the United States again, as Julie Ertz kept a corner kick alive from a header redirect to find Lindsey Horan who headed it into the back of the net. 

New Zealand nearly found the back of the net right before the U.S. tallied their second goal, when Hannah Wilkinson directed a low-driven header, but it went just wide of U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

The second half started equally on both ends, as the U.S. and New Zealand were connecting passes and making runs in the attack. But in the 63rd minute of action, that changed when the United States tallied an own goal on New Zealand off a header from Carli Lloyd. 

New Zealand gained some hope in the 72’ minute when Paige Satchell picked off an errant pass from the U.S. backline to set up Betsey Hassett for the score. This goal for the Ferns put the score at 3-1 and caused the United States to look quite frantic in the backline. This momentum for the Ferns did not last long, when U.S. midfielder Julie Ertz dribbled the right-side flank in the 80th minute and found Christen Press in the box who took a touch and found the left corner of the net. 

The icing on the cake for the United States came in the 87th minute when Christen Press found Alex Morgan on the back post who tucked it away for the U.S. Press added to this excitement in extra time of the match when she crossed a ball across New Zealand’s backline, which hit off the Ferns defender for the second own goal of the night. This ended the scoring on both ends and gave the United States the three points they were looking for. 

Bowen and New Zealand will next face off against Sweden on Wednesday, July 27th at 3:00 a.m. CT. Chloe Logarzo and Australia also play on July 27th at 3:00 a.m. CT as they take on the United States on USA Network and Telemundo.

SAITAMA, JAPAN (July 24, 2021) – New Zealand’s national team took on the United States Saturday morning in the second match of the Group G. Kansas City NWSL’s Katie Bowen started and played the full 90 in her second game for New Zealand. Bowen was a workhorse in the midfield position, making dynamic runs for the Football Ferns. Despite Bowen’s dominant play, the United States controlled most of the game and tallied six goals to New Zealand’s one. 

The United States opened the scoring in the 7th minute of play when Tobin Heath found a slashing Rose Lavelle who slotted a near-post shot to find the back of the net. The United States continued to put pressure on New Zealand’s backline, but four goals were called off due to offsides. The final minutes of the first half belonged to the United States again, as Julie Ertz kept a corner kick alive from a header redirect to find Lindsey Horan who headed it into the back of the net. 

New Zealand nearly found the back of the net right before the U.S. tallied their second goal, when Hannah Wilkinson directed a low-driven header, but it went just wide of U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

The second half started equally on both ends, as the U.S. and New Zealand were connecting passes and making runs in the attack. But in the 63rd minute of action, that changed when the United States tallied an own goal on New Zealand off a header from Carli Lloyd. 

New Zealand gained some hope in the 72’ minute when Paige Satchell picked off an errant pass from the U.S. backline to set up Betsey Hassett for the score. This goal for the Ferns put the score at 3-1 and caused the United States to look quite frantic in the backline. This momentum for the Ferns did not last long, when U.S. midfielder Julie Ertz dribbled the right-side flank in the 80th minute and found Christen Press in the box who took a touch and found the left corner of the net. 

The icing on the cake for the United States came in the 87th minute when Christen Press found Alex Morgan on the back post who tucked it away for the U.S. Press added to this excitement in extra time of the match when she crossed a ball across New Zealand’s backline, which hit off the Ferns defender for the second own goal of the night. This ended the scoring on both ends and gave the United States the three points they were looking for. 

Bowen and New Zealand will next face off against Sweden on Wednesday, July 27th at 3:00 a.m. CT. Chloe Logarzo and Australia also play on July 27th at 3:00 a.m. CT as they take on the United States on USA Network and Telemundo.

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