US women win World Cup opener

United States' Christen Press (23) celebrates her goal against Australia with Lauren Holiday (12) during a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, June 8, 2015. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The United States Women’s National Team kicked off the Women’s World Cup strong with a 3-1 opener win against Australia Monday night.

After a shaky start, Megan Rapinoe had the first U.S. goal in the 12th minute. This was followed by a goal from Lisa De Vanna for Australia to make the game tied 1-1. In the 61st minute, Christen Press put the U.S. up 2-1, and in the 78th Rapinoe scored her second goal to finish the game 3-1.

“Obviously, we were a bit nervous,” Rapinoe laughed. “Couldn’t play a lot worse at times.”

The U.S. team has won three straight Olympic gold medals, but only two World Cup titles. Their last World Cup win was in 1999.  Their chances for a third title continue Friday, with a match against Sweden. Group play will finish June 16 against Nigeria, who tied Sweden 3-3 Monday.

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