The Super Falcons rounded off their participation at the WNT Summer Series with a 2-0 defeat to World and Olympics champions the USA at the Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, USA in the early hours of Thursday.
Goals in added time of each half saw the Americans claim their sixth straight win over nine-time African champions Nigeria.
Manchester United’s Christian Press gave the USA the lead in first half added time from Carli Lloyd’s assist and Press later turned provider helping Lynn Williams put the game to bed in the 94th minute.
Super Falcons goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi was in fantastic form, saving impressively in both halves to keep the score respectable.
The defeat means the Super Falcons ended the four-nation invitational with two defeats and a draw having lost 1-0 to Jamaica in their opening game and rallying from a two goal deficit to draw 3-3 with Portugal in their second match.
Falcons’ head coach Randy Waldrum praised his players’ spirit and courage in going toe-to-toe against the formidable USA in the first-ever friendly between both countries and the first international match played in the Q2 Stadium.
“I am enamoured by the professionalism of the players and their courage even when they are on the backfoot. They played very competitively against the best team in the world and I am extremely proud of them,” Coach Waldrum said at the end.
Waldrum, who led the Super Falcons to three wins out of three in his first tournament in charge with the team, in Turkey in February, believes the Summer Series have been useful in the discovery of new legs in the absence of a number of tested internationals, and exposure to top quality opposition that the team could confront in major championships.
“The Summer Series have come at a good time for us, as we were able to see a number of new players. The girls also came up against strong
teams and did not fare badly. Lessons have been learnt and I am delighted with our performance and general attitude on and off the pitch.”