CARY, N.C. - Former North Carolina star Heather O'Reilly had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 2-0 win over Japan on Wednesday night in the Americans' next-to-last exhibition before the Women's World Cup.
Amy Rodriguez also scored and Hope Solo made three saves in her second straight shutout to help the U.S. team claim its second win over Japan in a five-day span and its third of the year.
The Americans wrap up their pre-World Cup exhibition schedule June 5 against Mexico. Three weeks later, they play their World Cup opener against Korea in Dresden, Germany.
The Americans were playing its first game after midfielder Lindsay Tarpley suffered an injury that will keep her out of the World Cup. Tarpley tore her right anterior cruciate ligament in the last meeting with Japan and will miss six to eight months.