Carli Lloyd was a finalist for many awards coming in, but after scoring the only hat trick ever in a Women's World Cup Final, will likely win some of those awards as well.
The United States was expected to win, in what should have been a close game, but as of halftime, it looks near impossible for Japan to complete a comeback started in the 28th minute with a Japan goal. Instead, due to Carli Lloyd's hat trick the United States looks to easily finish this World Cup off with a bang.
No team has scored more than two goals in ninety minutes in the Women's World Cup Final, but Carli Lloyd along with a goal from Lauren Holiday has doubled that total to four goals.
The United States looks destined to win a record third Women's World Cup title, even after allowing a goal in the 540th minute, tying Germany's record from the 2007 World Cup.
Carli Lloyd is still trying to get more goals, after already scoring more goals than a Women's World Cup Final has seen that hasn't gone to penalties. If the United States can finish this game off, it will be their first win since 1999 against China and their first final that hasn't gone to penalties since the first Women's World Cup in 1991, when they won 2-1 against Norway in China.
Japan looks to come back against the best defensive team in the World Cup, and win back to back titles, becoming the second team to accomplish that feat after Germany did it in 2003 and 2007. Japan's defense will have to be much better in the second half, and the Japanese will also have to have a good game plan to attack the United States defense in the second half. With Japan already using two subs, it could be an uphill battle for Japan to come back and score three more goals to extend the game into extra time.
If Japan could somehow come back and even the score in what would take a miracle at this point, it would be the third time a final has gone into penalties, with Japan beating the United States 3-1 in 2011 the last Women's World Cup, and the United States beating China in their most recent win in 1999.
This is set up well for the United States going into half two, and on the Fifth of July, could extend the American national spirit an extra day.