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Soccer: Carli Lloyd scores historic goal, U.S. women crush Jamaica

Carli Lloyd's score 23 seconds into the United States Women's National Team's win over Jamaica on Sunday in Houston was the second-fastest score in team history. FIle Photo by David Silpa/UPI
Carli Lloyd's score 23 seconds into the United States Women's National Team's win over Jamaica on Sunday in Houston was the second-fastest score in team history. FIle Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

June 14 (UPI) -- Carli Lloyd became the oldest goal scorer in the history of the United States Women's National Team and sparked a 4-0 route of Jamaica to extend the team's 41-match unbeaten streak.

Lloyd scored 24 seconds into the soccer friendly Sunday at BBVA Stadium in Houston. Lindsey Horan, Margaret Purce and Alex Morgan scored the other goals for the United States.

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The Americans outshot Jamaica 19 to 3 and controlled 73% of the possession in the lopsided victory.

Lloyd's latest score broke the record Kristine Lilly set when she scored for the United States at 38 years, and 264 days old. Lloyd was 38 and 332 days old at the time of her latest goal.

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"Records are records, they're always going to be broken," Lloyd told reporters. "For me, it's just about winning games, it's helping the team.

"I don't go searching for these records, it's just a good reminder just to know how grateful I am to step out on the field. Nothing has ever been given to me. I've had to earn every single opportunity."

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Midfielder Rose Lavelle, who left the game early due to an ankle roll, set up Lloyd's quick score. Lavelle handled a pass at the top of the Jamaica box about 18 seconds into the game. She dribbled from right to left and spotted Lloyd and Purce near the far post.

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Lavelle lifted a cross into the area, which sailed over Purce and onto Lloyd. The veteran striker brought the ball down with her left hip and sent a right-footed shot into the far-post netting to beat Jamaica keeper Sydney Schneider.

Horan scored the next goal on a penalty kick in the seventh minute. Jamaica fouled U.S. forward Christen Press in the box to prompt that attempt. Horan finished the play with a shot to the middle of the goal as Schneider dove left.

Purce scored in the 22nd minute and the Americans led 3-0 at halftime. The forward executed a beautiful delayed run for that score. Press dribbled the ball on the left flank at the start of that play.

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She saw Purce wide right and smacked a cross toward the box. Purce ran onto the feed and brought it down inside the box. She used her next touch to fit a shot between Schneider and the right post in the 22nd minute.

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The score stayed 3-0 throughout the second half until Morgan scored the final goal in stoppage time. Morgan entered the game as a second-half substitute for Lloyd.

Lynn Williams fielded a ball on the right flank deep in Jamaica territory to spark the final score. She used her first touch to send a through ball up to midfielder Sam Mewis.

Mewis let the ball roll ahead, stopped her dribble in the box and sent a chip about five yards in front of the net. Morgan ran onto the pass and headed a shot toward the right post. Schneider dove and got a hand on the shot, but deflected the ball into the net.

Lloyd moved up to 125 goals in her international playing career, just five behind Lilly for the third-most in the history of the U.S. women's team.

The Americans are now 4-0 all-time against Jamaica, with a 26-0 goal differential. The U.S. women need just 10 more games without a loss to tie their record 51-match unbeaten streak from 2004 through 2007.

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