The women of the U.S. Soccer team advanced to the gold medal match on Monday after Alex Morgan scored a game winning goal in the 123rd minute to claim victory over team Canada with a final score of 4-3.
Victory for Team USA means the women will now face Japan for the gold medal and will finish no worse than silver.
The win comes despite a thrilling hat trick for Canada’s Christine Sinclair. Team USA was forced to rally after each of the Canadian’s goals and didn’t tie the match until the 80th minute when Abby Wambach scored on a penalty kick.
Also scoring for the Women’s U.S. soccer team was Megan Rapinoe who knocked in two shots to help her team advanced to the final match of Olympic tournament play.
The final match in women’s soccer will take place at Wembley Stadium, the same spot where last year’s World Cup final took place. Japan won the match during the World Cup thanks to penalty kicks.
After the match and her game winning header in the final seconds Alex Morgan said of her teams performance:
“It was a crazy battle.”
For the last several months all the U.S. women’s team has talked about has been their loss to the Japanese in 2011 and now they will have a chance to claim a victory over Japan in one of the largest and most watched soccer matches in the world.
Will you be rooting for Team USA in the gold medal round against Japan?