Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout

Tyler Byrum
NBC Sports Washington
Only 20 minutes into Rose Lavelle's World Cup debut, she recorded the first goal of her World Cup career. Not too long after she scored her second. Then it was Mallory Pugh who got involved in the scoring.

Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout

Only 20 minutes into Rose Lavelle's World Cup debut, she recorded the first goal of her World Cup career. Not too long after she scored her second. Then it was Mallory Pugh who got involved in the scoring.

Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

What a start for Rose Lavelle and the United States in the World Cup. In 56 minutes of action, Lavelle tallied two of the team's seven goals.

In the opening minutes of Lavelle's World Cup debut, she delivered a goal to put the U.S. Women's National Team up 2-0 over Thailand. 

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Her goal, assisted by Alex Morgan, was truly gorgeous. Lavelle fired a strike from more than 22 yards out for the second score for the United States. 

Slicing through two converging defenders, Lavelle took the shot off her left boot in the 20th minute.

The goal party continued for USWNT well into the second half. A string of three goals in 11 minutes ended with another tally for Lavelle. 

Slipping past a defender on the weakside, Lavelle found a low cross to burry past the Thailand keeper. 

With Lavelle contributing early, the US is off to a hot start to begin their World Cup campaign. It was a record-breaking 12 goals for the USWNT in a 12-0 victory. 

Lavelle, 24, now has nine goals in international play and could be setting herself up for a huge performance on the world's biggest stage. 

Stateside, the midfielder playes for the Washington Spirit. This season she's played in one game for 45 minutes, missing most of the NWSL competition due to National Team training.

She was not the only Spirit player involved in the blowout. Forward Mallory Pugh scored the team's 11th goal for the first tally of her World Cup career. Pugh came in as a late substitute when the game was well in hand.

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