For the 2nd time in as many Olympic soccer tournaments, the fate of the U.S. women’s workforce came down to a penalty-kick shootout, potentially the cruelest way in all of sports to determine who goes on and who goes household from a significant entire world championship.
And this time they bought it proper with goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who saved a penalty kick in regulation, saving two extra in the shootout to defeat the Netherlands and ship the U.S. on to the Tokyo Olympics semifinals. The recreation ended in a 2-2 attract.
Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Christen Press scored in the shootout for the U.S., Press’ score encouraging to make up for her overlook five many years out in Brazil that ended a decline to Sweden.
In Monday’s semifinal the U.S. will meet up with Canada, which defeat Brazil on penalty kicks in its quarterfinal. The last time the U.S. and Canada fulfilled in an Olympic semifinal, in 2012, Morgan’s purpose in the remaining ticks of extra time pushed the Americans as a result of to the final, the place they defeat Japan.
Credit score for even producing the shootout essential goes to Lynn Williams, who was earning her 1st start off in a important worldwide tournament and introduced tempo and electricity in a to start with-half efficiency that noticed her rating a single objective and guide on one more by Sam Mewis.
Vivianne Miedema scored both equally ambitions for the Netherlands, 1 in just about every 50 %, supplying her 10 for the match, extending her Olympic report.
Both groups had probabilities to get the match in advance of the shootout, but Lieke Martens, a previous planet participant of the calendar year, was stopped on a penalty kick by Naeher, who guessed effectively, diving to her left to smother the shot at the write-up in the 81st moment.
Naeher saved the U.S. all over again 13 minutes into additional time with a good give halt on a header from Miedema.
The U.S. would drop one particular intention to an offside call in the second fifty percent and two a lot more opportunity sport-successful targets in the 2nd excess-time time period, bringing to nine the selection of scores the U.S. has misplaced for being offside in four video games in Japan, an unthinkable stat for an professional staff averaging 92 worldwide caps.