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Five players score in USWNT shutout of South Korea

The United States women’s national soccer team completed a sweep of South Korea on Sunday with a 6-0 shutout win at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.  The U.S. had previously defeated South Korea, 3-1, in the first of the two friendlies on Thursday at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Two North Carolina Courage stars, playing at their club’s home stadium, connected early to open up scoring in the third minute. Sam Mewis headed in a goal off a corner kick from Abby Dahlkemper.

Mewis notched another one in the 20th minute, giving the 25-year-old her first multi-goal game at WakeMed Park.

In the 35th minute, Christen Press evaded a defender to send one in from outside the box.

The opportunistic Julie Ertz made it 4-0 just before halftime with her 13th international goal, all of which have come off set pieces

In the 61st minute, a wide-open Lynn Williams tapped in a goal off an assist from Megan Rapinoe, bringing the score to 5-0.

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Allie Long, who entered the game in the second half, scored the final goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from her Portland Thorns teammate Lindsey Horan.

There wasn’t much action on the opposite end of the pitch, where Ashlyn Harris got the start in goal for the U.S. — her first since April 9 — before Jane Campbell took over in the second half.

With about a year until World Cup qualifying begins, these friendlies have offered U.S. head coach Jill Ellis an opportunity to experiment with lineups and give young players important international experience.

Next up for the USWNT is a pair of friendlies against Canada on Nov. 9 and 10.

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