USA, winners in 1991 and 1999, became the first nation to win the crown 3 times and avenged their loss to Japan on penalties inside the 2011 final.
Captain Lloyd, 32, scored a 13-minute hat-trick in Vancouver, opening with her initially two inside the opening 5 minutes after which a spectacular third right after 16 minutes to finish her treble and leave her level with Germany’s Celia Sasic because the tournament’s leading scorer when she spectacularly lobbed the Japanese goalkeeper in the halfway line.
Lauren Vacation had volleyed the third in the 14th minute and although Japan pulled one back through Yuki Ogimi (27) and a different when Julie Johnston put by means of her personal purpose (52), Tobin Heath’s purpose (54) quickly eased any doubts more than the outcome.
Jill Ellis’ side therefore avenged their defeat within the 2011 final involving these sides, for the delight with the majority on the 53,341 crowd at BC Spot.
“I was on a mission right now,” said Lloyd, “It’s unreal, it just hasn’t sunk in however.”
“I’m mentally fried. We knew that if we took it to Japan, they would get nervous around the pitch.”
“It’s been a lengthy journey, my career. I’ve had a lot of people today believe in me, in my corner, from day a single,” added the midfielder, who turns 33 next week.
“I’ve dedicated my whole life to this. Almost everything else comes second. But I would not want to do it any other way.”
Coach Ellis mentioned her only thought following the early goal-fest was: “Pinch me, wake me up!
“We’d talked about starting rapid, and I just knew that the players could provide.
“These players had been born for the significant moments,” she added. “I envisaged us winning the trophy. I think 5 (goals) is a dream come true.”