Elma, N.Y. (Thursday, June 20, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Team and Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach became the all-time women’s goal scorer on Thursday night in the United States’ 5-0 win over South Korea at Red Bull Arena. The performance officially marks an exciting and much-hyped conclusion to #ChasingMia.
Wambach entered the game with 156 goals scored during her career, and it took less than 29 minutes for the Rochester, NY native to, not only tie, but break Hamm’s record. Wambach would go on to score four goals before being subbed out in the 61st minute, as she now holds the record with 160 goals.
Wambach single-handedly put the Americans ahead 4-0 by the halftime break, starting with a right-footed strike in the 10th minute. The forward collected a pass from Lauren Cheney in the box and muscled her way through two defenders before firing home. Just eight minutes later, Wambach tied the record with a diving header goal off another feed from Cheney.
It was the 29th minute when Wambach set history, doing so with another trademark header goal. Off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, Wambach jumped high above the South Korean defense to strike a powerful shot past goalkeeper Kim Jung-Mi.
Wambach extended her now-record to 160 goals with a goal in first half injury time, sliding into the goal to capitalize on a through-ball from Alex Morgan.
It took Wambach 207 international caps to break Hamm’s record, which the veteran set in 275 appearances from 1987-2004.
Cheney added the final USA goal in the 65th minute for the 5-0 final score.
Media members wishing to interview Wambach at Flash practice Friday should contact Flash Communications Manager Jackie Maynard at jackie.maynard@wnyflash.
The Flash return to action on Sunday at Sahlen’s Stadium when they host US teammate Hope Solo and the Seattle Reign at 4:05 p.m. Tickets for that game, and all Flash home games, are available by calling the Sahlen’s Stadium box office at (585) 454-KICK or online at wnyflash.com
The Western New York Flash is one of eight teams selected to play in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League after winning three women’s soccer championship titles in the last three years. Fans can keep up-to-date on the most recent Flash news by following the Flash’s official Twitter account (@WNYFlash) or by liking the team’s Facebook page.