Sophia Smith scored twice in the second half and the United States Women’s National Team beat Colombia 3-0 on Saturday night to extend their home unbeaten streak to 68 games.
Taylor Kornieck, making his national team debut, added a late goal.
On Tuesday night, the teams meet in Sandy, Utah, as the United States prepares for the CONCACAF W Championship World Cup qualifier next month in Monterrey, Mexico. The United States are the two-time defending World Cup champions.
Smith scored her first goal in the 54th minute on a pass from Rose Lavelle when Colombian keeper Catalina Perez came out of her net. She added her second in the 60th minute.
Smith, who plays for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League, has six international goals.
Perez made two penalty saves. She stopped Lindsey Horan’s attempt late in the first half, then saved Lavelle’s chance in the 70th.
All eyes were on the team to see if they would stage a collective on-field protest following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade. Instead, US Soccer released a statement ahead of the match.
“As our Women’s National Team represents the United States on the court today in Colorado, the occasion is a reminder of the rights and freedoms that women and their allies have fought for, won and deserve,” the statement read. “The Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling is contrary to promised freedoms as a nation and as a people. American football will at every opportunity uphold human rights, including the right to make personal decisions in matters of health, because there is no equality without bodily autonomy.”
Megan Rapinoe launched an impassioned plea for abortion rights on Friday following the High Court ruling.
She was asked about the upcoming game in Utah, which she said the team would not refuse to play. Utah had a trigger law that made all elective abortions illegal when the High Court ruled. Utah law provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, and also provides exceptions for women whose health would be compromised.
“I think, as you’ve seen, the most powerful thing we can ever do is show up and not just express our supreme skill and talent and joy on the pitch, but to be able to have that platform,” Rapinoe said.
Ashley Hatch started up front, flanked by Mallory Pugh and Smith. Hatch replaced Catarina Macario, who tore her ACL while playing for her club team, Lyon, in France. Veterans Rapinoe and Alex Morgan started on the bench.
Morgan replaced Hatch at half-time and Rapinoe entered the game to cheers with around 15 minutes to go.
Colombia are hoping to secure one of CONMEBOL’s spots at the 2023 World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Ranked No. 28 in the world, Colombia missed out on the 2019 World Cup.