Megan Rapinoe

Jill Ellis leads team to win on international stage

Jill Ellis leads team to win on international stage

The United States women's soccer team, coached by William & Mary alumna Jill Ellis '88, captured its first FIFA World Cup title in 16 years Sunday night. The Americans defeated Japan, 5-2, at the BC Place in Vancouver. It was the highest-scoring final in women's World Cup history.

Carli Lloyd, a 32-year-old midfielder, scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of play to stake the U.S. to a lead they wouldn't come close to losing. Fellow midfielder Lauren Holiday added a first-half goal as the Americans raced to a shocking 4-0 lead.

Japan trimmed its deficit to 4-2 in the second half — the second goal coming when American Julie Johnston headed the ball into...

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