The U.S. women's soccer team beat North Korea on July 31 at the Olympic Games. The U.S. earned a 1-0 victory and has accumulated a total of 9 points in the last three matches. Their next game will be against New Zealand on Aug. 3 in the quarterfinals, and they have a strong chance of getting the gold medal at the Olympics.
Abby Wambach Adds Another Goal to Her Record
Abby Wambach scored in the 25th minute of the July 31 match with North Korea and has reached a total of 141 career goals. She also received the honor of being the first woman from the U.S. to make a goal at the Old Trafford. Wambach suffered a black eye in the previous match with Colombia, but her injury has been healing and did not affect her at this game.
Controlling the Game
The U.S. clearly dominated North Korea during the entire game on July 31. They controlled ball possession and made more shots. The light rain at the Old Trafford had no impact on them. The U.S. made a total of 16 shots compared to North Korea's 3. In addition, goalie Hope Solo was not tested because their opponent rarely took chances.
It was possible for the U.S. women's soccer team to leave the match with a higher score, but I think they deliberately avoided overexertion to save their efforts for the quarterfinals. Comments from coach Pia Sundhage confirm this idea because she mentioned they had "a chance to save some legs in the second half and we slowed down the game quite a bit." It was noticeable from the start of the match that North Korea did not pose a serious threat, and the U.S. had no problems holding on to the lead.
The Next Match
The U.S. women's team will face New Zealand on Aug. 3 at St. James' Park. The quarterfinals will be shown at 9:30 a.m. EST on the NBC Sports Network and NBC Soccer channel. The U.S. can expect a more difficult game on Aug. 3 because New Zealand is a tougher opponent than North Korea.
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