#ICYMI – On July 5th, the USA Women’s Soccer Team dominated the final game of the 2015 Women’s World Cup as they defeated Japan 5-2 in Vancouver. While the team as a whole is a group of superstars, it’s Carli Lloyd who has now become synonymous with any talk of the exciting game. Lloyd was the leading goal scorer of the game with an extremely impressive hat trick (three goals), all of which were scored within the first 15 minutes of the game.
32-year-old Lloyd received the Golden Ball Trophy for the best player of the tournament AND the Silver Boot award for scoring six goals and one assist throughout the World Cup Tournament.
This two-time Olympic gold medalist was born in Delran, New Jersey and played soccer for Rutgers University from 2001 to 2004 before going pro. She was named First-Team All-Big East for all of her collegiate soccer career and set several records at Rutgers including the all-time leader in points (117 points) and all-time goal leader (50 goals.)
During the exciting World Cup Final game, students at Rutgers started a #gocaRli hashtag that quickly went viral, with students, alumni, coaches, and athletes all tweeting, sharing, and cheering on their fellow RU graduate. It was clear they had nothing but love and support for the National soccer superstar.
After the game, Lloyd received accolades from fans all over the country, including President Obama who tweeted his congratulations, and called out LLoyd specifically. Later, the President called the team to offer his congrats and invited them to the White House with their World Cup Trophy. Not bad eh?
Check out Carli’s website for more information on her career, and her summer soccer camp held in her home state of NJ each year! Give her a shout on Twitter and offer your own congratulations to the superstar.
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