TOKYO: The U.S Women’s National Soccer team had hoped to be champions at the Tokyo 202 Olympics – their 4-3 victory over Australia saw them win a bronze medal.
The team had hoped to do something which was never achieved before winning an Olympic gold medal following a World Cup title.
Their hopes were dashed when their uneven play in the Olympic tournament saw losses to Sweden in group play and Canada in the semifinals.
Megan Rapinoe scored the USWNT’s first two goals against Australia — including a beautiful corner kick that curved into the goal in the eighth minute. Australia’s Sam Kerr evened the score in the 17th minute. But Rapinoe would not be denied, answering quickly with a powerful strike four minutes later.
The U.S.continued its scoring ways in the second half with Lloyd’s second goal to make it 4-1 but Australia would not quit. Caitlin Foord had her own answer in the 51st minute to keep the game closer at 4-2.
The U.S. kept attacking and counter attacked with its stifling defence reminiscent of its domination during the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The rhythm, energy and tempo were very different in the bronze medal game compared to when these same two teams tangled in group play and ended in a scoreless draw.
This is the U.S. squad’s seventh Olympic appearance and its sixth overall Olympic medal (four gold, one silver and now bronze). – NPR
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