Rapinoe second American to win Golden Boot
LYON, France -- With her penalty kick in the 61st minute to give the U.S. its first goal in its 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday's Women's World Cup final, forward Megan Rapinoe became only the second American woman to win the coveted Golden Boot award for the tournament's top scorer.
Rapinoe finished tied with U.S. forward Alex Morgan at the top of the standings with six goals and three assists apiece, but Rapinoe won the third tiebreaker, having played fewer minutes in the tournament than Morgan, who was awarded the Silver Boot.
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Before Rapinoe, Michelle Akers, in 1999, was the lone American to win the Golden Boot.
Netherlands goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal was awarded the Golden Glove award for the tournament's top goalkeeper, and the Gold, Silver and Bronze Balls for the top three players in the World Cup went to Rapinoe, Lucy Bronze of England and Rose Lavelle, who scored the second goal for the Americans -- her third tally in six games.
Two American women had previously won the Golden Ball: Carin Jennings in 1991 and Carli Lloyd in 2015, who also won Goal of the Tournament.
American goalkeeper Hope Solo twice won the Golden Glove, in 2011 and 2015. Briana Scurry shared the award with Gao Hung of China in 1999.