The Women’s World Cup soccer final between the United States and Japan on Sunday, July 5th was one for the record books. The action-packed match kept fans cheering the whole time, with the U.S. beating Japan in a final score of 5-2.
Held every four years in a different country, the Women’s World Cup final is soccer’s version of the Super Bowl—only much bigger. Teams from 24 countries around the globe competed in this year’s tournament, which was held in Canada.
Carli Lloyd, captain of the U.S. team made history in two ways. First, she scored the game’s first goal within three minutes, the fastest goal ever made in a final Women’s World Cup soccer match. She then scored two more times before the clock hit 16 minutes, scoring the first ever hat trick in a Women’s World Cup final. A hat trick is when three goals are scored by the same player in a game.
With this win, Team U.S.A. has now won the tournament a total of three times—a new record! The United States won the first Women’s World Cup in 1991 and again in 1999. With seven goals scored between the two teams, this event also became the highest scoring women’s final.
After her performance, it was no surprise that Lloyd won the Golden Ball, the award for best player in the tournament. She also won the Silver Boot in honor of scoring the second-highest number of goals. Lloyd wasn’t the only American recognized for her skill: Hope Solo won the Golden Glove for being the best goalie.
In the 204 matches played in the history of the Women’s World Cup, there have been only 19 hat tricks. There have been 4 times when 2 hat tricks were scored in a single match. What percent of games had at least one hat trick?