The United States Women's National Team won their third-straight gold medal at the Olympics, defeating Japan by a score of 2-1. In what was truly a thrilling soccer match from start to finish, the U.S. took an early lead and held on late. With the devastating loss in last year's World Cup fresh in the mind of every player, the team came out focused and refused to lose.
Alex Morgan, who played her college ball with the Cal Golden Bears, delivered a beautiful pass to Carli Lloyd in the eighth minute to score the first goal. Morgan weaved in and out of the Japan back line, lobbing a ball across the box to an oncoming Lloyd. She connected to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead.
Lloyd scored yet again for Team USA in the 54th minute. She handled the ball around midfield and brought it down nicely, striking it from just outside the box for the second goal.
Japan battled back and scored in the 63 minute amongst a wild scramble in the box. They had numerous scoring opportunities late, but U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo came up huge in the closing minutes to seal the 2-1 victory. Solo blocked 12 of the 13 shots she faced.
It was a great win for the USWNT, and one that meant a lot following the disappointment that transpired last summer at the World Cup.
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