Samantha Mewis scores twice to lead US past South Africa 3-0

Published 6:53 p.m. ET May 12, 2019 | Updated 7:57 p.m. ET May 12, 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Samantha Mewis is finding her stride again just in time for her first World Cup.

Mewis scored goals in both halves and the U.S. women’s national team began its World Cup send-off series with a 3-0 victory over South Africa on Sunday.

“Sammy’s confidence just grows and grows and grows with match play and the experience that she gets out there,” coach Jill Ellis said. “She’s a dynamic player than can impact a game. When you go to a World Cup, your midfield, you need to have players that can score goals from distance, that can get in the box, that can obviously play make. There’s versatility to Sam.”

After starting every game for the national team in 2017, Mewis missed most of 2018 with a knee injury. But she has worked her way back and scored last month against Belgium and followed that up against South Africa with her second career two-goal game.

“Everyone on this team has been through adversity,” Mewis said. “All of our journeys have been amazing in that they led us here. Sharing this with my teammates and sharing this with my family is the best part.”

Carli Lloyd added…

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