Solo earns 100th shutout, leads U.S. past South Africa |

Solo earns 100th shutout, leads U.S. past South Africa

United States goalie Hope Solo, bottom, pose with fans for photo after United States defeated South Africa 1-0 in an international friendly women's soccer match in Chicago, on Saturday, July 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — Hope Solo got her 100th international shutout and Crystal Dunn scored in the 35th minute to lead the United States past South Africa 1-0 on Saturday at Soldier Field.

The match was a tuneup before next month’s Olympics. World Cup star Carli Lloyd returned for the first time since suffering a knee injury in April, playing part of the second half after entering as a substitute.

Solo thanked friends, family, coaches and fans on Twitter following the game, saying the accomplishment of 100 shutouts “speaks to a lifetime of work, of staying committed and determined, no matter what the challenges.”

Solo, who also earned her 150th international victory, has been piling up shutouts for the U.S. for more than 16 years. Her first came in an 8-0 win over Iceland in Davidson, North Carolina, in April 2000. South Africa was the 29th country she has held scoreless.

She’s blanked both Canada and Mexico 10 times during her career that has been very up and down in terms of on and off the field.

Ten shutouts have come in the World Cup and six in the Olympics.

It was the first meeting between South Africa and the U.S. in women’s soccer and was a fairly competitive match. Dunn was able to make her short-range shot after an impressive cross from Mallory Pugh.

The U.S. has one more game against Costa Rica on July 22 in Kansas City before leaving for the Olympics in Brazil, where they’re the heavy favorites to win the gold medal.

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