Riding two goals from Carli Lloyd and staving off a furious late comeback by the Japanese, the U.S. women's soccer team won the gold medal match against Japan on Thursday afternoon, 2-1. Unlike their victory at the 1999 women's World Cup, none of the U.S. players ripped off her top and revealed her sports bra, Brandi Chastain-style.
The gold medal victory avenges the U.S. women's 1-0 loss to this same Japanese women's soccer team in last year's women's World Cup of soccer. This is the U.S. women's team's third consecutive gold medal win.
London's Wembley Arena played host to the largest crowd ever for a women's Olympic soccer game, with 80,203 fans onhand. Sure, there have only ever been five women's soccer gold medal matches. But a record is still a record.
The win must have been particularly sweet for Carli Lloyd, who accounted for both of the two goals scored by the U.S. team's offense. Ms. Lloyd had been benched prior to the start of the Olympics, and got her starting job back only when midfielder Shannon Boxx injured her hamstring in the opening game against Colombia.
Ms. Lloyd scored the winning goal in that Colombia game, just as she did in Thursday's gold medal win.
Just eight minutes into this baby, Ms. Lloyd took an almost-out-of-bounds save from Alex Morgan and headbutted the ball into the net. Nine minutes after the halftime break, she scored again on a 20-yard longshot that blew past three Japanese defenders.
The U.S. ladies' team has already been congratulated by President Barack Obama, who gave them a "special shout-out" while visiting the U.S. Olympic Committee's training center in Colorado Springs on Thursday afternoon. Oddly, President Obama mentioned nothing about Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital or people supposedly losing their health care coverage.
U.S. women win gold in soccer