England women beat US 2-1 in statement victory at Wembley

Oct 7, 2022, 2:41 AM | Updated: Oct 8, 2022, 11:34 am
England's Lauren Hemp, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goa...

England's Lauren Hemp, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

              England's Lauren Hemp, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, centre, challenges for the ball with United States' Andi Sullivan, left, and United States' Sofia Huerta, right, during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Naomi Girma, left, challenges for the ball with England's Lauren Hemp during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sam Coffey, left, challenges for the ball with England's Lauren James during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, left, waves to supporters after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Megan Rapinoe reacts during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sophia Smith, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England head coach Sarina Wiegman, second left, celebrates with England's goalkeeper Mary Earps after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Team of US stands for a period of silence in respect to the stadium tragedy in Indonesia ahead the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, centre, challenges for the ball with United States' Andi Sullivan, left, and United States' Sofia Huerta, right, during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Naomi Girma, left, challenges for the ball with England's Lauren Hemp during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sam Coffey, left, challenges for the ball with England's Lauren James during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, left, waves to supporters after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Megan Rapinoe reacts during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sophia Smith, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England head coach Sarina Wiegman, second left, celebrates with England's goalkeeper Mary Earps after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Team of US stands for a period of silence in respect to the stadium tragedy in Indonesia ahead the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England and US teams stand together with a banner as a show of solidarity for victims of abuse before the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, centre, challenges for the ball with United States' Andi Sullivan, left, and United States' Sofia Huerta, right, during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Naomi Girma, left, challenges for the ball with England's Lauren Hemp during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sam Coffey, left, challenges for the ball with England's Lauren James during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, left, waves to supporters after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Megan Rapinoe reacts during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sophia Smith, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England head coach Sarina Wiegman, second left, celebrates with England's goalkeeper Mary Earps after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Team of US stands for a period of silence in respect to the stadium tragedy in Indonesia ahead the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Alana Cook, left, kicks the ball ahead of England's Lauren Hemp during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Chloe Kelly in action during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Rachel Daly reacts after the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Lauren Hemp, left, challenges for the ball with United States' Hailie Mace during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Megan Rapinoe reacts during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sophia Smith challenges for the ball with England's Millie Bright, bottom, during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sophia Smith celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Keira Walsh, right, controls the ball ahead United States' Rose Lavelle during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              United States' Sophia Smith, right, challenges for the ball with England's Millie Bright during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Georgia Stanway, centre, celebrates after scoring her side's second goal during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              England's Georgia Stanway shoots to score from the penalty spot during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — Ten weeks after conquering Europe, England women proclaimed themselves ready for even more after beating the world champion United States 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway scored to help England beat the U.S. for the first time since 2017 and less than 10 months before the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Stanway’s penalty in the 33rd minute put the hosts in front for good before 76,893 fans. The victory extended England’s unbeaten run to 23 games under coach Sarina Wiegman. England stopped the Americans’ 13-game winning streak and 21-match unbeaten streak dating to a 1-0 defeat to Canada in a 2021 Olympics semifinal.

“It was a great result,” Hemp told broadcaster ITV. “There’s a lot of preparation now for the World Cup. It’s important that we stay grounded.”

England, which won the European championship in late July, took the lead in the 10th when Beth Mead sent a low cross into the box. Defender Alana Cook tried to make a sliding block but the ball wiggled through to Hemp, who finished from close range.

The Americans equalized just before the half-hour mark. Millie Bright tried to pass out of the back to a tightly covered Stanway, and Lindsey Horan poked the ball forward to Sophia Smith, who turned and fired low to the left corner past a diving Mary Earps.

Stanway made amends from the spot, though, shooting the ball into the right corner as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher went the wrong way.

Minutes later, the visitors thought they tied the game again but Trinity Rodman’s strike was ruled out for offside after a video review.

England and the U.S. wore teal armbands in solidarity with sexual abuse victims and together held a banner that read “Protect the Players” just before kickoff. A report this week into the scandals that erupted in the National Women’s Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the league.

There was also a moment of silence for the victims of the deadly crush of fans at a soccer match in Indonesia.

Forward Alyssa Thompson entered in the 84th minute and at 17 years, 334 days became the youngest to debut for the U.S. since Mallory Pugh in January 2016. Thompson was the 70th teenager to appear for the Americans.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard were among the stars in attendance. The Packers play the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “Ted Lasso” actor Jason Sudeikis was also on hand.

U.S. wing Crystal Dunn went on as a second-half substitute — less than five months after giving birth to her son. It was her 124th international appearance and first in nearly 13 months.

The draw for the World Cup will be in Auckland on Oct. 22.

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