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Former Badger Rose Lavelle seals World Cup win for U.S.

Rick Solem



United States' Megan Rapinoe , left, and United States' Rose Lavelle celebrate after their team won the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

LYON, France — While all the attention has gone to Megan Rapinoe as the US women’s soccer team won the World Cup over the weekend, it was a Wisconsin Badger that sealed it.

The United States beat the Netherlands 2-0, winning its second consecutive World Cup title and fourth overall.

Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal on a penalty kick in the 61st minute. It was former Badgers three-time All-American Rose Lavelle that sealed it minutes later.

The 24-year-old became the second-youngest American to score in a World Cup Final.

Lavelle scored two goals in the first U.S. match in group play — a game that was won 13-0 over Thailand.

Lavelle was the first overall pick in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League draft.