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Smith Has Hat Trick, US Downs Uzbekistan 9-1

Apr 9, 2022, 6:01 PM
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Sophia Smith #11 of the United States celebrates with teammates after her third goal of the game for a hat trick during the second half of an International Friendly against Uzbekistan at Lower.com Field on April 09, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
(Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sophia Smith scored three goals and the U.S. women’s national team beat Uzbekistan 9-1 on Saturday, extending the team’s unbeaten streak on American soil to 66 games.

Jaelin Howell and Ashley Sanchez scored their first national team goals.

Aziza Norboeva scored for 48th-ranked Uzbekistan, the first goal the U.S. has conceded on home soil since March, 11, 2020, against Japan.

It the first of two games against Uzbekistan.

The second game against Uzbekistan is set for Tuesday in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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