U.S. women extend unbeaten streak to 31 with exhibition win

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Resting regulars didn't slow down the U.S. women's team against the Netherlands.

Christen Press scored twice and the Americans beat the Dutch 3-1 in an exhibition Tuesday night that extended their unbeaten streak to 31 games.

U.S. coach Tom Sermanni made 10 changes to the starting lineup from last week's 3-3 tie at Germany and kept his most-experienced players on the bench.

"This team has an unbelievable talent for producing chances," Press said. "No matter what is going in the game, we get in front of the goal. The team puts really great balls for the forwards to run onto, and it's a lot of fun to play."

Tobin Heath put the Olympic champions ahead in the 36th minute. Sydney Leroux went around Kirsten van de Ven and crossed for the 24-year-old Press. She let the ball go through to Heath, who curled it into the corner for her eighth international goal.

Press made it 2-0 in the 45th, running onto a through pass by Leroux and calmly stroking the ball past goalkeeper Loes Geurts from just inside the penalty area.

"Syd was kind of wreaking havoc all night," Heath said.

Press needed no help in the 60th, charging through the heart of the defense and driving a low shot into the far corner for her sixth goal in seven appearances since her international debut in February.

"She's done that all year," Sermanni said. "The composure in the finishing has been outstanding. Both goals she took tonight were two excellent striker's goals."

The 22-year-old Leroux was the youngest player on the U.S. roster at last year's Olympics.

"She's a handful. For 90 minutes, she's the type of player you don't want to be playing against," Sermanni said. "I felt sorry for her tonight. She was desperate to score and didn't quite get on target."

Outshot 25-9, the Dutch got a goal in the 81st minute when Manon Melis lobbed goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

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