U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Beats Canada In Epic Fashion
Christine Sinclair had a hat trick for Canada, but the Americans found a way to answer each time she scored a goal, and then they were able to somehow put the game away in the last minute.
If a Most Valuable Player award were to be given out on the American side, then it would unquestionably go to Megan Rapinoe, who was a magician in the midfield for the Americans, consistently crossing the ball to the perfect spot for her teammates and weaving her way through Canadian defenders.
More importantly though, it was Rapinoe who scored the first goal for the U.S. on a corner kick and the second, as she absolutely sent a laser past Canada’s goalie, Erin McLeod.
However, despite Rapinoe’s heroic performance, it will likely be the third goal for the U.S. that will be talked about the most.
With about 10 minutes remaining in the second half, McLeod held onto the ball for longer than the six seconds she was allowed. A penalty was called and none other than Rapinoe took the penalty kick just inside the box. The ball immediately hit a Canadian player on the arm and then continued on to hit Canada’s Marie-Eve Nault on the arm, and a handball was called.
The crowd booed as Abby Wambach teed up the penalty shot that would equalize the game, but this should not be viewed as a controversy. The penalty was called on Nault, who clearly had her arm struck by the ball, and she should have known to put her arms behind her back to avoid the possibility of a handball occurring. But, she didn’t and thus the game was tied 3-3 after Wambach sent the ball past McLeod inside the left post.
Following the penalty kick, there were a couple of other close calls, including an Alex Morgan pass to Wambach that resulted in a shot that sailed wide, but the game ultimately went to overtime.
And that’s when another miracle happened for the Americans. In extra time of the last overtime period of the game, Alex Morgan sent a header into the back of the net and the U.S. emerged victorious.
Now, the U.S. will play Japan in the finals, which will be a rematch from last year’s World Cup in which Japan edged the U.S. in a penalty shoot-out. Nothing would be sweeter for the Americans than winning the Olympic gold and avenging that loss.