The London 2012 Olympics gold medal soccer match between the US and Japan was a rematch the US team’s fans had been dreaming of: finally a chance at redemption after Japan beat the US in the World Cup soccer finals in South Africa. It’s been a little more than one year since the US lost to Japan, and the US had their reputation at stake in this rematch. The US women’s soccer team has a nice streak going of always winning either the World Cup or the Olympics. Since they lost the World Cup, an Olympics gold medal meant that much more today. A 2-1 win over Japan was a nice way to go out.
The US women took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Solo shutout the Japanese in the first half and the States’ Carli Lloyd scored a goal with an assist from Alex Morgan in the 9th minute.
In the second half, the US continued to control the lead with an early goal from Lloyd again – making the score 2-0 at the 56 minute mark. Japan came back and scored for the first time at 67 minutes after a pass was stolen near the goal and Japan’s Yuki Ogimi drilled it in from point-blank range.
In the final seven minutes of regulation, the US held on to their 2-1 lead over Japan, with an especially fantastic save from US goalkeeer Hope Solo where she had to really lay herself out for the save.
The gold medal win was the final game in an often heart-pounding run through the Olympics that saw the United States face off against Canada and New Zealand in the brackets after fighting through France, Korea, and Colombia in group play.
Check out the photos in this post from today’s match and throughout their run through the Olympics, then head back to Newscom to see the latest photos of the US women’s Olympics soccer team as they come in. Don’t forget to visit our 2012 Olympics mini site where you can get quick access to all the Olympics content you’ll need for whatever story you need to tell.
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