Sam Mewis of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women v Brighton and Hove Albion Women, WSL football match, City Football Academy, Manchester, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

‘They were all team goals’ – Manchester City midfielder says that hat-trick was a team effort

Manchester City midfielder Sam Mewis has praised the roles played by her teammates as she netted a first career hat-trick in the United States’ 4-0 friendly victory over Colombia in Orlando, Florida this morning.

The 2020 US Soccer Female Player of the Year scored three very different goals as she completed her 47-minute treble before later being replaced by club teammate Rose Lavelle.

Mewis’ first goal was a sweeping finish while her second was one of her well-known trademark headers. The midfielder completed her first-ever treble two minutes into the second period when she slotted away a penalty kick.

When speaking to FA Women’s Super League after the match, Mewis looked back at the moment in which she completed her hat-trick while she deflected all of the praise onto her teammates who she believed were instrumental in her three goals.

“By some stroke of luck, I was on the penalty kick list tonight” said Mewis. “We just happened to get one when it was my turn.

“I really do look back on the goals and recognise that they were all team goals.

“The first one was great build up and a pass from Pinoe (Megan Rapinoe), the second one was basically already in, Carli (Lloyd) passed it right to me with her head and the third one was something that we work on all of the time, kick-off play that gets flicked on and then Lindsey (Horan) set herself up and drew the foul.

“I can’t take all of the credit, they really were all such good team goals and I am just proud that I could be a part of that.”

Compared to many of her national team colleagues, Mewis has played much more club football in the second half of 2020 with the player having starred for new club Manchester City. The 28-year-old does not believe that her fitness and match sharpness is any better than the other players who represented the United States against Colombia though.

She commented by saying “It is actually quite notable how hard everyone works in the off-season, how fit everybody is and the level of sharpness and fitness that everyone can maintain even out of season.

“I don’t know whether that has anything to do with it but I am definitely grateful for my experiences at Man City and to be getting a lot of games in right now, it has been really good for me.

“This group of players are incredible in terms of everybody being fit all of the time and the standards are just really high in that area.”

Mewis will be hoping to feature for the United States once again when The Stars and Stripes take on Colombia in their second game at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Saturday morning.

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