USA Women’s Team Claims Gold at Olympics
The American Women’s soccer team reclaimed their title as Olympic Champions today as they defeated Japan 2-1 in the gold medal match. It was a relatively comfortable affair for the Americans, as two spectacular goals by Carli Lloyd proved victorious. Japan had beaten America in the Women’s World Cup final last year but the USA team was able to achieve vengeance in this tournament.
America rose to the challenge throughout the entire tournament, winning every game along the way. After their big comeback from 2-0 down against France in the first match, the team was rarely tested as Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe scored goals galore to beat everyone.
The only match that provided a real scare for the Americans was their game against Canada. The northern rivals took the lead three times during the match, but America was resilient and managed to equalize every time. The game went to overtime and a wonderful Alex Morgan headed goal right before penalty kicks proved decisive and paved the way for the gold medal.
The final match opened splendidly for team USA, and they had the vast majority of chances and possession. The breakthrough came early on through Lloyd’s brave header. Lloyd scored a brilliant goal to double the lead in the second half when she blasted a long range effort into the bottom corner, leaving Japan’s goalie with little hope of a save.
Japan did make a good attempt at a comeback, however. Just when America looked to get too comfortable, a horrible defensive clearance gave the ball to Japan in our own box and found its way into the goal. As the match drifted towards the closing minutes, another defensive error gave Japan a great shot, but American goalie Hope Solo made a brilliant diving save to preserve the lead.
The Americans played great down the stretch and were able to preserve the gold medal and avenge last year’s World Cup final defeat. Japan will be frustrated, but this was America’s day. They dominated the match more than expected and Japan only had a few chances that had been handed to them by poor American defending. On their own, they only made a handful of opportunities to find the goal.
It is a monumental achievement for the American women, who have now won 4 Olympic soccer tournaments in only 5 tries, proving that they are at the forefront of women’s soccer in the world. It is a proud day for America and let’s hope that this team will continue on to further successes.