U.S. Women Roll Over Columbia
In a result that would have only been surprising if we were discussing the U.S. Men’s team rather than the women, the Americans cruised to an easy win over Columbia and secured their spot in the Olympic quarterfinals.
The reigning Olympic gold medalists had to come from behind to defeat the French in their first match of these games. Such an effort would not be needed today.
Instead, the Americans controlled early and threatened throughout – kept off the score sheet only by several scrambling defensive plays on the part of their rivals. The Columbian defense held only so long however, as Megan Rapinoe – a revelation for the Americans in last year’s World Cup – drove home a goal thirty-three minutes in.
More frantic Columbian defense kept the Americans from the tote-board through the first half and well into the second, but the pressure proved too much. Abby Wambach broke down the South Americans and put the game away with a goal in the seventy-fourth. Carli Lloyd followed just three minutes later with a tally of her own – the exclamation point on the domination that was.
The Americans are now 2-0 in these Olympics and head into their Tuesday game against the Koreans with a spot in the quarterfinals already secured. Check back throughout the Olympics for more on this U.S. team and their quest for another Olympic gold.