U.S. soccer team cruises past Dominican Republic

Heather O'Reilly of the U.S. celebrates her goal against the Dominican Republic during the first...

Heather O'Reilly of the U.S. celebrates her goal against the Dominican Republic during the first half of their CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifying soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., Jan. 20, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

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The United States Women’s National Team kicked off its CONCACAF Olympic qualifying campaign Friday in style, cruising to comfortable 14-0 win in soccer over its Group B opponent, the Dominican Republic, at BC Place in Vancouver.

Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly scored two goals apiece in the first half while Carli Lloyd, Rachel Buehler, and Tobin Heath each added a goal to put the U.S. in front with a 7-0 lead by the break.

Amy Rodriguez came on at the start of the second half and notched five goals, while Lauren Cheney also found the back of the net and O’Reilly scored once to complete her hat trick.

The only sour note for the United States came just before halftime when Ali Krieger was stretchered off with a knee injury.

The 14-goal win sees the United States set new records for most goals in a game and largest margin of victory. The five-goal effort from Rodriguez also tied her with Wambach and Michelle Akers for most goals in a game.

In Friday’s other Group B match, Mexico easily dispatched of Guatemala as Maribel Dominguez scored a hat trick en route to a 5-0 win.

Group B returns to action Sunday with the United States facing Guatemala and the Dominican Republic looking to rebound against Mexico.


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