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USA 2-0 New Zealand: Lloyd, Morgan inspire victory in Olympic opener

USA v New Zealand: Women's Football - Olympics: Day -2

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 03: Carli Lloyd #10 of United States and Allie Long #3 of United States celebrate after Lloyd scores in the first half in the Women’s Group G first round match between the United States and New Zealand during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 3, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

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The U.S. women’s national team’s quest for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal got off to a raring start on Wednesday, as the Americans rode goals scored by Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan to a 2-0 victory New Zealand on the opening day of the women’s soccer tournament in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Lloyd, the reigning World Player of the Year, got the scoring started with a looping header back across the face of goal in the 9th minute, giving the 34-year-old her third straight year of double-digit goals for the USWNT.

Morgan doubled the USWNT’s lead barely 40 seconds into the second half of play with an extremely tight finish from a tough angle at the near post. That’s 68 career goals for Morgan, inching her one tally closer to seventh place (Cindy Parlow - 75 goals) on the USWNT’s all-time goalscoring list.

The victory sends the USWNT top of Group G. Their toughest of three group games, against France, is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (Watch live on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com).

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