Sunday, July 17, 2011

Women's World Cup Run Comes to an End

The US Women's National Team fell in penalty kicks to Japan 2-2 (1-3) and ended the historic run this team had throughout the tournament.

The first half was absolutely dominated by the US up front but it was also full of missed chances. The Americans had 14 shots in the first half but failed to convert one, finished the game with 31but on 6 on goal. Alex Morgan started off the games scoring with a great shot off of a Megan Rapinoe pass in the 69th minute to break the ice but eleven minutes later Japan's Aya Miyama scored of a failed clear to tie it up and force the game into extra time.

Soccer is one of the only games that doesn't end in a golden goal situation and the Americans wished that wasnt the case. Abby Wambach struck first in extra time when Alex Morgan put up a cross and Wambach headed it into the back of the net in the 102 minute. All seemed won again until the back line gave up an own goal on a corner off of a Wambach deflection past Solo to tie the game up at 2 a piece and force PK's. Japan dominated in the PK's, US went 1-4 and Japan went 3-4, to solidify them as World Cup Champions.

The 7th Womens World Cup championship will be held in 2015 in Canada where a US team will likely be led by striker Alex Morgan, Lauren Cheney, and Megan Rapinoe.

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