Aug 07 2012
On the verge of missing the gold-medal game for the first time, the U.S. women’s soccer team caught a break when the referee made a call rarely seen in the sport. Then the Americans put together a final winning surge, inspired by the familiar — a pep talk from co-captain Abby Wambach.”I know I’ve said this before,” she said she told her teammates during extra time. “But it really does just take one moment and one chance, one moment of brilliance for somebody to do something individually spectacular.”
The moment came beyond the 90 minutes of regular time, beyond the scheduled 30 minutes of extra time. In the third and final minute of injury time, with goalkeeper Hope Solo already preparing for a penalty kick shootout, Alex Morgan looped in a 6-yard header on a long cross from Heather O’Reilly, giving the U.S. a 4-3 win over Canada in the Olympic semifinals at Old Trafford.
Pretty amazing (referee assisted) win the for the United States. This team surely makes things exciting. Alex Morgan’s reaction is priceless. Almost like she didn’t realize she had just scored the biggest goal of her life.
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