With the way the day has been going for the Americans at the Olympics, it stood to reason that the U.S. women's soccer team would accumulate multiple red cards, have a goalie fiasco and collectively spike itself in tonight's gold medal match against Brazil. Instead, the U.S. women capped a miserable American day in Beijing with a thrilling 1-0 victory in extra time, successfully defending their gold from Athens.
The U.S. took the lead in the 105th minute on a crossing shot from Carli Lloyd, but had to withstand multiple scoring opportunities from the Brazilians in the game's closing minutes. Goalie Hope Solo, who was booted off the team following her infamous outburst after getting pulled in the 2007 World Cup semifinals, was brilliant in goal for the Americans. She had to contend with Brazil's phenom, Marta, who was so dominant that I actually had to look at the Brazilian roster to make sure there weren't two women named Marta on the team.
It was a successful return visit to China for the U.S. women, who lost to this same Brazilian team last year in the game that produced the Hope Solo controversy. It also ended a disappointing day for American athletes on a high note.
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