INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 5, 2015) - Hundreds of soccer fans were screaming, chanting and cheering downtown Indy as they watched the United States woman’s national soccer team score four goals in the first fifteen minutes of the World Cup final game.
The first two goals were scored by Carli Lloyd. Then Indy native Lauren Holiday sent the soccer ball straight to the back of the net with an unbelievable volley, bringing the U.S. to three goals. The crowd at the watch party downtown Indy went wild, especially Molly Kruger who played with Lauren at UCLA.
"It is exciting to have someone from your hometown and also to have someone that i have played with score and have a big impact in the game," Kruger said.
Lauren Holiday, formerly Lauren Cheney, was a standout soccer star at Ben Davis high school. She was named the school's most valuable offensive player in 2004–05. She was also named Parade All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year. Her dominant, confident and convincing performance as a midfielder and forward played a huge role in getting the U.S. women's national soccer team to the World Cup.
"I love that she got to score and that she is from Indy and that we can all celebrate with her. It has been a really exciting World Cup and to finish like this is amazing," said soccer fan Rebecca Schafer.
Holiday’s success in the sport has brought a lot of attention to soccer around Indianapolis. Fans love watching Holiday compete on a world stage and show off her talents on the field.
"It is fantastic for the sport, for a girl who has made it locally and now nationally and now she is on the world stage scoring in the biggest game that you can possibly have. It is unbelievable for someone from Indy to get to where she is," said Tom Dunmore of Indy Eleven.
"Super talented player, she is very versatile she plays center mid to forward. great at scoring, great at passing, she is kind of like the ultimate player that you want to have on your team," Kruger said.
The United States women’s national team has been waiting for a rematch against japan for the past four years...when they lost in the finals. Fans have been waiting for this day ever since.
"I think the U.S. was slight favorites, but the way they came out today... they came out so hard and so aggressively. I don’t think that we have seen them come out so offensively so far in the tournament and they really turned the screw. It is very impressive how they came out and performed," said Dunmore.