May 28, 2012 |
You never forget the first time, Sydney Leroux says. In her case it came when she was just 13, after a bet with her mother over how many goals she would score in a national soccer tournament. For Shannon Boxx it happened in college - and it, too, came on a dare after she led Notre Dame to an NCAA soccer championship. Yet for both women their first and subsequent tattoos have become indelible markers of accomplishment on a road each hopes will lead to a gold medal in the London Olympics this summer.
August 13, 2007 |
CHICAGO -- Forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd each scored twice as the U.S. women routed New Zealand, 6-1, Sunday at Soldier Field in their next-to-last tuneup before next month's women's World Cup in China. Wambach scored the game's first and final goals and moved into fifth place among U.S. women with 77 career goals. The Americans, now 5-0 in a six-game pre-World Cup tour, peppered New Zealand goalie Jenny Bindon with 10 first-half shots while opening a 3-0 lead.
August 9, 2012 |
LONDON -- Carli Lloyd's diving header in the eighth minute gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead over Japan at halftime of the gold medal game of the women's Olympic soccer tournament Thursday at Wembley Stadium. The goal came after Alex Morgan, trapped on the goal line, flipped a left-footed pass into the six-yard box for Abby Wambach. But Lloyd ducked in front of it, got her head on it, and drove it into the net. Eight minutes later, captain Christie Rampone and keeper Hope Solo saved the U.S. twice in quick succession.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON -- Abby Wambach's goal in the 25th minute gave the U.S. women's team a 1-0 lead over North Korea at halftime of the final match of Olympic soccer pool play Tuesday at Old Trafford in Manchester. The Americans, who rolled past France and Colombia in their first two matches, have already clinched a spot in the tournament quarterfinals, but with a win or tie here, they would advance as the group champion. North Korea needs a least a tie to avoid elimination. Wambach's goal came after a long through ball found Alex Morgan deep in the 18-yard box. Two Korean defenders immediately sandwiched Morgan, who had her back to the goal.
July 18, 2011 |
Maybe the American women had no choice but to look ahead. Their determined run through the Women's World Cup — three weeks' worth of gritty performances and heart-pounding finishes — had ended a few minutes, a few penalty kicks, short of victory. No sooner had they lost to an inspired Japanese team at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, the U.S. players began thinking about chances to redeem themselves. They talked about defending the gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
July 2, 2011 |
Two down and four to go. With four more victories, the U.S. will win the 2011 Women's World Cup, adding a third world soccer championship to those won in China in 1991 and in the U.S. in 1999. Actually, because of Saturday's 3-0 rout of Colombia that swept Coach Pia Sundhage's team into the tournament quarterfinals, all it will require is a tie, or even a loss, against Sweden next Wednesday and three victories after that. Not an impossible task by any means. "I've got a squad with real experience, but it also contains some younger players who've put in some great performances and made just the right decisions when called upon," Sundhage said after the team's dominating performance in front of a sellout crowd of 25,475 in Sinsheim, Germany.