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Carli Lloyd Dominates In World Cup Final Against Japan

VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates scoring the opening goal against Japan in the FIFA
VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05: Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates scoring the opening goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It took just over fifteen minutes for the U.S. Women's National Team to rack up a 4-0 lead over Japan in the FIFA's Women's World Cup final on Sunday, and three of those came courtesy of Carli Lloyd.

While Japan finally answered with a their own goal to bring the score 4-1 in the 27th minute, Lloyd in early and record-time established a fierce U.S. start.

Extending her dominance on the field, Lloyd netted the first two goals for Team USA, giving them a strong start to what could be their first World Cup championship since 1999.

First came this beauty in the third minute:

Followed by this goal in the sixth:

Lloyd's teammate, Lauren Holiday, connected for a goal herself in the 14th minute:

But Lloyd was soon back again, taking a long shot and setting Japan's goalkeeper back on her heels, solidifying her hat trick with this shot that would put any NBA half-court shot to shame:

Japan previously had only given up three goals the entire tournament, with one coming from a penalty kick. Per U.S. Soccer, Lloyd's first third-minute goal is the quickest ever scored in a Women's World Cup final. Lloyd is also the third USWNT player to score a World Cup hat trick -- both Carin Jennings Gabarra and Michelle Akers each had their own in the 1991 semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively. However, she is the only player to nab a hat trick in a Women's World Cup Final

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