Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd all netted goals against the Columbian National Team to give the US their second straight win and ensuring they will make it to the next round in the Olympic Women’s soccer tournament.
After having a poor start against the French in their opening game, the US needed to come out strong against Columbia in order to establish they can go far in the tournament. Despite failing to get the ball in the net early on, it was clear who the better team was. It took nearly a half-hour, but the US finally broke through.
A high arcing shot from Rapinoe went just over the head of Columbian netminder Sandra Sepúlveda to put the US on the board early. It was a key goal for Team USA, as it looked as if it was going to be a tight match and another questionable start for the World Cup runners up. Columbia would continue to keep it close through the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
The US would strike again to start putting the game out of reach of the Columbians 41-minutes later. Arguably the team’s best player, Wombach got in on the scoring sliding one passed Sepúlveda in the lower left corner on a shot from the right-side of the penalty area. Lloyd would seal the game entirely when she scored a very similar goal from the middle of the penalty area minutes later.
It was a milestone goal for Wombach, as she netted her sixth goal in Olympic competition. The goal gives her sole-poession of the record for goals in USA Women’s Olympic competition history. She is currently second in USA history with 140 career goals, second only to Mia Hamm who has 158.
Alex Morgan, the team’s best player after Wombach, failed to get on the scoresheet, but she was all over the pitch. This is her first Olympics and she has started them off with a bang, scoring two goals in the comeback against France and then seeming to puzzle the Columbians all day Saturday. Morgan was around the net the whole match, but had several headers and one great shot go wide.
The win guarantees the US will advance to the next round by earning the total six-points possible in their first two matches. They finish up play in Group G on Tuesday with a match against North Korea. While they don’t need a win to advance, the US women will be playing for seeding in the next round.