By Ian Ennis – There have been 21 goals scored by 17 different players in FIFA Women’s World Cup Final history. Here is our breakdown of the women who have scored in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
US scorer Michelle Akers scored her 9th and 10th goal in a 2-1 win over Norway. Akers won the Golden Shoe that year. Norway scorer Linda Medalen equalized Akers first goal and went on to become one of the most celebrated women soccer players in Norway history. Medalen contributed 6 goals of her own in the tournament.
Norway scorer Hege Riise scored and Marianne Pettersen added another as the team beat Germany 2-0 in the final. Riise finished runner up to the Golden Shoe with 5 goals, but didn’t go home empty handed as she was awarded the Golden Ball for being voted the player of the tournament.
Although the final was scoreless, 5 out of 5 Americans scored the resulting penalty kicks (Carla Overbeck, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, and Brandi Chastain) to China PR’s 4 out of 5 (Liu Ying missed). Of the scorers for both teams, 4 made the tournament all-star team and Chinese star Sun Wen won the Golden Shoe (7 goals) as well as the Golden Ball.
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Germany was victorious with Maren Meinert and Nia Kunzer scoring in the 2-1 victory over Sweden. Meinert scored her 4th goal in the final making her way to the tournament all-star team. Kunzer scored her only goal of the tournament to win the game for the Germans. Sweden’s scorer Hanna Ljungberg, who was already a god-like figure in women’s soccer, finished the tournament with 3 goals.
Germany defended their title in a 2-0 victory over Brazil. Brigit Prinz and Simone Laudehr scored for the Germans. This was Prinz’s 3rd FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, which broke a record for the most World Cup Final appearances for a woman. Prinz was also on the tournament all-star team.
Japan beat the US on penalty kicks after a 2-2 score line at the end of extra time. Golden Ball (5 goals) and Golden Boot winner Homare Sawa scored one and Aya Miyama added another for the Japanese. The US responded with goals from Alex Morgan and veteran Abby Wambach. All of the scorers, apart from Morgan, made it onto the tournament all-star team. Japan won on penalty kicks 3-1 as all but Mizuho Sakaguchi scored for the winners while Abby Wambach scored the lone goal for the United States.
This was the highest scoring final of all time with the US winning their record 3rd World Cup 5-2 over Japan. Cali Lloyd scored a hat trick for the US along with Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath adding one each. Japan got its 2 goals from Yuki Ogimi and an own goal by US defender Julie Johnston. Lloyd’s 3 goals tied her for top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals.