Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/14/12
With just seconds left on the clock in extra time, Abby Wambach ran up the field, wagging her finger at her teammates, imploring them for just one more chance. It was the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup, and the United States was losing 2-1 to Brazil. The teams already had played more than 120 minutes, and referee Jacqui Melksham had the whistle in her mouth, ready to end the game. After a desperate left-wing run, American Megan Rapinoe fired a terrific cross into the penalty box, where Wambach was waiting. Brazil goalkeeper Andreia came for the ball, but missed. Wambach whipped in the header -- and American fans exploded with joy. The US went to win the game on penalty kicks, and the Women's World Cup became big news across the nation this past July. With one flick of her head, Wambach had taken women's soccer back to heights unknown since the 1999 Women's World Cup. While the Americans faltered at the finish line, losing to Japan on penalties after a raucous final, Wamb...
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