The United States has won the Women's World Cup for the fourth time after beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday. Forward Megan Rapinoe's coolly taken penalty, following a video review, put the defending champions ahead in the 61st minute.
Former Wisconsin all-American Rose Lavelle's terrific solo effort made it 2-0 in the 69th, as she powered to the edge of the penalty area and hit a low strike. It was the former Badgers' third goal of the tournament and her tenth goal in 33 international appearances. Lavelle left the semifinal game against England with a hamstring injury, but it didn't show as she was one of the most active players on the field for the U.S.
Rapinoe's sixth goal moved her even with teammate Alex Morgan and England's Ellen White as the tournament's leading scorers. Rapinoe, who recovered from a right hamstring strain to play, got an ovation from the U.S. fans when she came off in the 79th.
It's the fourth World Cup title for Team USA. The Americans also won in 1991, 1999, and 2015.