The United States star midfielder scored three times in the first half to vault the Americans to their third Women's World Cup title on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Japan at B.C. Place. Lloyd scored from close, she scored from far and she scored a place in U.S. sports lore for a team that came together beautifully to vanquish all comers and now will stand aside the 1999 team as most cherished ever by a still-growing soccer nation.
The elated roar from Lloyd as she sprinted toward her teammates will be replayed for years and years. She is the first ever to score a hat trick in a World Cup final and was the second American to win Golden Ball honors as the tournament's top player.
Japan fought back gamely, cutting it to 5-2 before Morgan Brian found Tobin Heath in the box for a lovely goal that squelched any momentum for good.