Carli Lloyd Continuing to Raise the Bar in 2015

Carli Lloyd
United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring her third goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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By Antonio Squitieri (11/30/2015

It has been a banner year for women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd. With 17 international goals, including three hat tricks since the World Cup final, Lloyd has solidified herself as the premiere scoring option for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

Carli Lloyd had quite the impressive outing in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

With a goal in each of the team’s elimination games, she continued to step up when it mattered most, but it would not be until the final game of the tournament that she would put on the greatest performance of her career.

In a rematch of the 2011 World Cup gold medal match against Japan, Lloyd would stop at nothing to cement the victory early on, and she did just that by scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes of the game. In dominating fashion, she became the first player in Women’s World Cup history to score a hat trick in the final game.

With her three pivotal goals leading the way, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 5-2 to capture the 2015 Women’s World Cup title, their first since 1999.

Carli Lloyd expressed her great sense of accomplishment in achieving this feat in recent interview with ABC NewsOne Sports.

“It was a dream come true, I’ve had a dream of winning a World Cup since I was a little girl, and to have that come true has been simply amazing,” said Lloyd emphatically. “I know my teammates and I have been thrilled, it’s just been an unbelievable accomplishment. It’s taken a lot of hard work, there’s been a lot of obstacles, but all the sacrifice and all the dedication has been worth every moment of it.”

But the 33-year old mid-fielder would not stop there. In the months following the World Cup, Lloyd would continue her dominant play in the U.S. Women’s Victory Tour.

A pair of friendlies in September would prove no match for Lloyd, as she netted two more hat tricks on the year en route to back-to-back shutout victories in a short stretch of five days.

One month later, she scored yet another critical goal to shatter a 0-1 lead held by Brazil after 85 minutes of play. The game-tying goal would not only save the U.S. from dropping the match, but from breaking their long-standing home-unbeaten streak; 101 games dating all the way back to 2004.

Despite her list of achievements, Lloyd’s mentality ceases her ability to remain satisfied.

“It’s kind of that attitude of being an underdog, no matter what I’ve accomplished, raising the bar and continuing to raise the bar. I think the more success I have, the hungrier I get and the more I want to improve, but it’s basically all the preparation. The mental preparation, the physical preparation, being able to persevere through different obstacles have enabled me to show up big in big moments. I live for those moments and I know when those moments are there it’s my job to help the team in any way that I can.”

Carli Lloyd will look to continue her Player of the Year campaign as she and the U.S. Women’s National Team will close out their final Victory Tour matches in the remaining months of 2015.

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