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Gator Great Abby Wambach celebrates her successful penalty kick in the U.S.'s 4-3 semfinal win over Canada.

Monday August 6, 2012On to Gold Medal Match After 4-3 2OT Win over Canada

Manchester, England -

Gator Great Abby Wambach celebrates her successful penalty kick in the U.S.'s 4-3 semfinal win over Canada.

Report by USA Soccer
Photo gallery by US Presswire

 

With a flair for the dramatic, Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute and the U.S. Women’s National Team overcame three deficits during regulation to defeat Canada 4-3 in overtime on Monday in the semifinal stage to advance to the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics.

The USA advances to its fifth straight gold medal game, setting up a rematch of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Defending World Cup champion Japan defeated France 2-1 in Monday’s other semifinal.

 

The gold medal match between the U.S. and Japan kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

 

The U.S. tied the match three times Monday at Old Trafford, responding to the hat-trick scored by Canada’s Christine Sinclair (22nd, 67th and 73rd minutes). Megan Rapinoe scored the U.S.’s first two goals in the 54th and 70th minutes.

 

Gator Great Abby Wambach’s penalty kick goal in the 80th minute sent the match to overtime. The penalty kick was awarded when Canada was called for a hand ball in the box off Rapinoe’s free kick.

 

Wambach has now scored a goal in each of the U.S.’s five 2012 Olympic matches and ups her career international goals total to 143. Wambach shares second on the all-time international career list at 143 with Canada’s Sinclair. Mia Hamm owns the international goals record (158).

 

Gator Greats Heather Mitts (U.S.) and Mel Booth (Canada) were not among the substitutes used in Monday’s match.

 - U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Aug. 6, 2012
Competition: 2012 Olympic Games; Semifinal
Venue: Old Trafford; Manchester, England
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. local (2:45 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 26,640
Weather: 66 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1    2     ET1    ET2     F
USA                         0    3       0        1       4
CAN                         1    2       0        0       3

CAN – Christine Sinclair (Melissa Tancredi) 22nd minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe 54
CAN – Christine Sinclair (Melissa Tancredi) 67
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Kelley O’Hara) 70
CAN – Christine Sinclair (Kaylyn Kyle) 73
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick) 80
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly) 120+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 76), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 110), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (9-Heather O’Reilly, 101), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN: 18-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 4-Carmelina Moscato, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Eve Nault (3-Chelsea Stewart, 101); 8-Diana Matheson, 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 12-Christine Sinclair, 14-Melissa Tancredi, 16-Jonelle Filigno (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 67)

Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer, 5-Robyn Gayle, 9-Candace Chapman, 15-Kelly Parker, 17-Brittany Timko
Head coach: John Herdman

Statistical Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 24 / 7
Shots on Goal: 11 / 7
Saves: 4 / 7
Corner Kicks: 13 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 22
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Desiree Scott (caution) 60th minute
CAN – Melissa Tancredi (caution) 79

Officials:
Referee: Christina Pedersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hege Steinlund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lada Rojc (CRO)
Fourth Official: Hong Eun Ah (KOR)

 

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