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Gator Greats Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts (right) celebrate U.S. Soccer's Olympic gold.

Thursday August 9, 2012Gator Greats Abby Wambach & Heather Mitts Earn Olympic Gold with U.S. Soccer

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Gator Greats Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts (right) celebrate U.S. Soccer's Olympic gold.

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The U.S. Women’s National Team, which includes Gator Greats Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts, captured the 2012 London Olympics gold medal with a 2-1 victory against Japan in front of a crowd of 80,203 at the famed Wembley Stadium in London.

Both U.S. goals Thursday came from Carli Lloyd. She scored in the eighth minute to give the U.S. the early lead. She added her second goal in the 54th minute. Japan’s Yuki Ogimi tallied a goal in the 63rd minute to provide the final scoring for the match.

The USA won its fourth gold medal in the five Olympic competitions featuring women’s soccer. The U.S. has also taken the overall soccer gold medal lead for combined women’s and men’s Olympic Games. Great Britain’s and Hungary’s men’s soccer teams have both earned three gold medals.

A Gator has been on three of the U.S.’s four Olympic gold medal soccer teams. This is the third gold for Mitts, who also was part of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams. Wambach received her second gold as she was part of the 2004 team. She missed the 2008 Olympics after suffering a broken leg in the final friendly prior to the team departing for the Games.

The attendance at Wembley was an Olympic record crowd for women’s soccer and the largest crowd the U.S. WNT has played in front of outside of the USA.

A third Gator Great, Melanie Booth, picked up a bronze medal Thursday. Booth and the rest of Team Canada claimed a 1-0 win over France to take the bronze. Diana Matheson scored the decisive goal in injury time to give Canada its first-ever Olympic medal for women’s soccer team, as well as the first overall in soccer for Canada since the men’s team won the gold medal in 1904.


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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: Aug. 9, 2012
Competition: 2012 Olympic Games; Final
Venue: Wembley Stadium; London, England
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. local (2:45 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 80,203
Weather: 75 degrees, warm

Scoring Summary:         1      2      F
USA                                1      1      2
JPN                                  0      1      1

USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan)                        8th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                    54
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Homare Sawa)                        63

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 80), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (12-Lauren Cheney, 57), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Sydney Leroux, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

JPN: 1-Miho Fukimoto; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Azusa Iwashimizu, 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 77); 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (14-Asuna Tanaka, 59), Aya Miyama (capt.), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi, 10-Homare Sawa; 11-Shinobu Ohno (13-Karina Maruyama, 86), 17-Yuki Ogimi

Subs not used: 18-Ayumi Kaihori, 12-Kyoko Yano, 7-Kozue Ando, 15-Megumi Takase
Head coach: Norio Sasaki

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 15 / 12
Shots on Goal: 8 / 7
Saves: 6 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 16 / 8
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Abby Wambach (caution)                   90th minute

Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Fourth Official: Jesica Di Iorio (ARG)


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