It was an exciting night for Ashley Hatch, a BYU senior, who didn’t make the starting eleven, but was available on the bench. The hometown crowd went wild as she entered the match for her first International cap midway through the second half substituting for Tobin Heath.
Thalmann played well in the goal for Switzerland for the first half, but right after the second half began all changed. With the amount of pressure that the US women played the entire length of the field it felt like that first goal would come at any time. The floodgates opened just 49 seconds into the second half Lynn Williams, who was substituted in at the half for her first cap, scored her first goal for the USWNT.in her first cap scored her first goal.
It didn’t take much longer for Tobin Heath to find the net. She had been threatening all night and if it wasn’t for the great defensive play by the Swiss it would not have taken her until the 61st minute to put the US up 2-0.
Another substitute Christen Press was the next to make her mark when she put one in the net in the 69th minute of play.
The final goal for the US side came in the 76th minute, again from a player that had just entered the match a minute earlier. That was a beautiful header by Samantha Mewis who had replaced Andi Sullivan on the pitch.
Alyssa Naeher wasn’t really pressed during the match but she did make several great saves including a rocket that she tipped over the top of the crossbar on her way to a clean sheet
USA – Lynn Williams – 46′
USA – Tobin Heath – 61′
USA – Christen Press – 69′
USA – Samantha Mewis – 76′
SUI – Noelle Maritz – 44′ – caution
USA – Lynn Williams – 81′ – caution
SUI – Viola Calligaris – 85′ – caution
SUI – Cinzia Zehnder – 86′ – caution
Referee: Melissa Borjas Pastrana (HON)
Assistant Referee: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
4th Official: Karitza Guerra Flores (HON)
USA: Alyssa Naeher; Becky Sauerbrunn; Morgan Brian; Casey Short; Lindsey Horan (Lynn Williams, 46); Carli Lloyd (C) (Kelley O,Hara, 75′); Emily Sonnett (Christen Press, 46′); Crystal Dunn; Tobin Heath (Ashley Hatch, 75′); Andi Sullivan (Samatha Mewis, 75′); Allie Long (Abby Dahlkemper, 72′)
Substitutes Not Used: Ashlyn Harris
USA Head Coach: Jill Ellis
Switzerland: Gaëlle Thalmann; Patricia Willi (Barla Deplazes, 46′); Noelle Martiz; Selina Kuster; Martina Moser; Cinzia Zehnder; Rahel Kiwic; Caroline Abbé (C); Vioa Calligaris; Eseosa Aigbogun; Sandrine Mauron (Melanie Müller, 62′)
Substitutes Not Used: Stenia Michel; Seraina Friedli; Fabienne Bangerter; Martina Moser; Lara Dickenmann; Fabienne Humm; Vanessa Bernauer
Switzerland Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg