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RECAP: USWNT rebounds with romp over New Zealand at Olympics

Team USA celebrates a goal by midfielder Rose Lavelle (16) during the first half against New Zealand in group G play during the Tokyo Olympics.

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Team USA celebrates a goal by midfielder Rose Lavelle (16) during the first half against New Zealand in group G play during the Tokyo Olympics. Olympics Football Women Group G Nzl Usa

The United States women’s national team rebounded from a shutout loss in its Tokyo Olympics opener by overwhelming New Zealand 6-1 in Group G play at Saitama Stadium on Saturday.

Lindsay Horan, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Christen Press each scored a goal for the U.S., with two own goals from New Zealand making up the remainder.

The score was in danger of being even more lopsided as the U.S. team had four goals disallowed in the first half on offsides calls.

The emphatic win gives the U.S. (1-1-0, 3 points) squad some momentum following a 3-0 loss to Sweden (2-0-0, 6 points) on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s loss snapped the top-ranked Americans’ 44-match unbeaten streak — a span in which the United States boasted a 40-0-4 record.

Betsy Hassett scored the lone goal for New Zealand (0-2-0, 0 points).

Group G play concludes Tuesday, with the Americans taking on Australia (1-0-1, 3 points), who lost 4-2 against Sweden on Saturday.

–Field Level Media