Japan stood in her way, but it never stood a chance as the Americans` No. 10 stung quickly and often to guide the United States to a record third Women`s World Cup.
The United States` 5-2 victory Sunday over the defending champion in Vancouver, British Columbia, gave the Americans their first opportunity to lift the World Cup trophy since 1999.
Lloyd scored three times, the first hat-trick in a women`s final, to lead the United States, which also won the World Cup in 1991.
“I`m so proud and so zapped at the same time,” Lloyd said. ” It doesn`t feel real. We just made history.”
Lloyd indeed was the star of stars Sunday, and throughout the tournament. On Sunday, she scored in the third, fifth and 16th minutes of play, leaving the 2011 champions stunned.