The midfielder is engaged to a supportive golf pro and plans to wed after the 2016 Olympics

By Patrick Gomez
July 05, 2015 09:40 PM
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Carli Lloyd knows how to make a splash on the soccer field.

The midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National team scored three goals against Japan during the Women’s World Cup finals Sunday in Vancouver, including a particularly thrilling shot from mid-field.

The world may now be more familiar with her name and face, but here are five things you should know about the 32-year-old soccer star.

1. She’s no stranger to winning high-profile games.
A current player for the Houston Dash, Lloyd is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who scored the winning goals in the finals of both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

2. She started young – and with the boys.
A native of Delran Township, New Jersey, Lloyd began playing soccer at the age of 5.

“At that age, it was coed, and Carli was hanging with the boys,” Lloyd’s mother (and former coach) Pam Lloyd told the Philadelphia Daily News in 1999. “She always loved it and showed a lot of ability from an early age, but she also has always worked hard.”

3. She got other talents as well.
The Rutgers University graduate admits she trains even on holidays, but she lists golfing, shopping, watching movies, playing the Wii, and scrapbooking among her various interests aside from soccer.

4. She’s engaged to a supportive golf pro.
Lloyd and golf pro Brian Hollins share a bond over their competitive natures.

“She is by far the most competitive person I know,” Hollins told Sports Illustrated in June.

“He laughs because he says I always go in harder against him,” replied Lloyd. “And I’m like, ‘No, you always go harder against me.’ It gets heated, we’ll lay each other out. You know, it’s fun, we get to banter. We get to be outside the relationship lovey-dove type of thing and go battle.”

The couple got engaged in January after 15 years of dating but don’t plan on getting married until after the 2016 Olympics.

5. But her family and Hollins weren’t invited to watch her play in the World Cup.
Lloyd told SI that superstition played a part in her decision to not have her closest supporters cheering her on from the stands in Vancouver: the two times she had no family with her, she won the Olympics.

“When you go solo, it’s so much easier to focus,” Lloyd told the publication. “And Brian and my family understand that.”

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