U.S. Womens Soccer Team Advance To Final
In an exciting game that saw the United States women trailing for most of regulation it came down to an Alex Morgan header in the final minute of injury time to secure spot in the gold medal game for the U.S. women beating Canada 4-3 in overtime.
After playing two overtime periods of 15 minutes a piece, there were three and a half minutes of injury time added to play. In the final minute U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly put a long cross perfectly, 6 yards in front of the net for Alex Morgan to bump right over the reaching hands of Canadian goalkeeper Erin Mcleod. It turned out to be the game winner as play would come to an end just seconds later.
It wasn’t easy for the U.S. who were trailing for most of the game thanks in part to the fine play of Canada’s Christine Sinclair who scored three goals in the 22nd, 67th and 73rd minutes.
The United States fought back each time and answered each of Sinclair’s goals one at a time. In the 54th minute down 1-0, Megan Rapinoe scored directly on a corner kick. Just three minutes after Sinclair’s second goal it was Rapinoe at it again to tie the game at 2-2. Sinclair would score again putting the Canadian’s on top 3-2 but this time it was Abby Wambach converting on a spot kick after a hand ball on a penalty kick evening the score at 3 in the 80th minute.
The U.S. is set to meet Japan in the gold medal game on Thursday in Wembley Stadium. These two teams have history as they met in the World Cup final just last year where Japan shocked the U.S. winning on penalty kicks.