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U.S. Women Beat New Zealand, Into Olympic Semi-Finals

For the third time in these Olympics, the U.S. Women cruised to victory, dominating a New Zealand side making their first appearance in a quarterfinal.

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Abby Wambach had scored in all three of the American games prior to their match with New Zealand.  It didn’t take much of the fourth for her to extend that streak.  Within the first half hour, the thirty two year old striker found herself the benefit of impressive play by Alex Morgan, who fed Wambach for her eighth career Olympic goal – an extension of her own U.S. record.

Despite, further domination of the game, the U.S. again failed to extend their lead – that is until a late substitution in her first Olympics made her mark.  Coming on for Alex Morgan – who found herself in the midst of a nasty knee-to-face collision with New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon – Sydney Leroux tallied her first Olympic goal in the 87th, putting the game well out of reach, and putting the Americans through to the semi-finals.

It was their third shutout of these games, and another relatively easy game for the Americans.  On Monday, they’ll take on a Canadian team whom they dominated in qualifying.  Check back here for news on that game, and for all of your Olympic coverage.

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