Originally written on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The USWNT claimed the gold medal in a hard fought nail biting battle against Japan. Winning 2-1 in regulation as the US Women earned their fourth gold medal out of the five times women’s soccer was offered as an Olympic sport. Local girl Carli Lloyd was the hero for the Americans netting both goals. This was a remarkable feat for the US; they showed great grit, poise and heart to beat the Japanese. The US came off a dramatic extra time victory against the Canadian national team and questions were asked about how fresh the US would be. The US pushed the tempo early and were able to grab a goal in the 8th minute, when Carli Lloyd got her head on the end of an Alex Morgan cross. Fitness and fatigue started to become a factor later on in the first half as the US looked exhausted. They had an inability to hold possession. Japan started to get in a rhythm and create scoring opportunities. The post and Hope Solo came up with a number of big saves. The US were truly luckily to walk in at th...
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