The USA's 27-game unbeaten record against Australia -- the longest against any opponent in program history -- ended when the Matildas shocked the host USA, 1-0, in their first match at the Tournament
of Nations. Tameka Butt
scored the only goal in the 67th minute, taking advantage of the U.S. defense's failure to clear a ball in the area, but the Australian star was Houston
Dash keeper Lydia Williams
, who made three saves in the second half. The two best came in the 64th minute when Williams pushed away Carli Lloyd
's 20-yard shot headed into the upper right
corner of the goal and in the 84th minute when she stopped Christen Press
from close range.
The USA entered the game with an all-time record of 25-0-2 against Australia. Coach
started just three players -- Becky Sauerbrunn
, Megan Rapinoe
and Press -- who played when the USA and Australia last met in their game at the 2015 Women's World
North Carolina Courage defender Taylor Smith
earned her first cap for the USA as Ellis continued the process of giving different players opportunities.
we came out on the unfortunate side," said Ellis. "Congratulations to Australia, but I’m obviously disappointed with the result.” July 27 in Seattle
USA 0 Australia 1.
Goal: Butt 67. USA --
Naeher; Smith (O'Hara, 76), Sauerbrunn, Dahlkemper, Short; Pugh (Dunn, 58), Long
(Brian, 77), Mewis, Rapinoe; Horan (Lloyd, 64), Press (Morgan, 64). Australia --
Williams; Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter; Kellond-Knight, Foord (Gielnik, 81), Van Egmond, Butt (Logarzo, 73),
Gorry; De Vanna (Raso, 53), Kerr (Ibini, 90+2). Att.: