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Global Aug 03, 2012

U.S. Women’s National Team downs New Zealand 2-0 to advance to Olympic semifinal in Manchester

The U.S. Women’s National Team downed New Zealand 2-0 on Friday in the 2012 Olympics at St. James’ Park as Abby Wambach scored her fourth goal in four matches and second-half sub Sydney Leroux tallied her first Olympic goal late in the second half to seal the semifinal berth.

The USA will face either Canada or Great Britain in the semifinals at 2:45 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 6, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The USA, vying for its fourth gold medal and third in a row, will also be playing in its 500th international match on Monday. Following the victory against New Zealand, the U.S. WNT improved to 388-57-54 in 499 games.

Wambach’s game-winning goal in the 27th minute gives her eight career Olympic goals and 142 for her international career. Leroux, making her third Olympic appearance, scored an insurance goal in the 87th minute. Alex Morgan notched her third assist in this year’s Olympic Games with the cross to Wambach in the 27th minute.

The U.S. is 4-0-0 in this year’s Olympics and has posted three straight shutouts.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
Competition: 2012 Olympic Games; Quarterfinal
Venue: St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local (9:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: n/a
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                   27th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                     87

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 71), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (8-Amy Rodriguez, 90+1), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 80), 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Shannon Boxx, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

NZL: 1-Jenny Bindon; 2-Ria Percival, 5-Abby Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith (capt.), 7-Ali Riley; 4-Katie Hoyle (16-Annalie Longo, 90+4), 11-Kirsty Yallop (8-Hayley Moorwood, 57), 12-Betsy Hassett, 10-Sarah Gregorius; 9-Amber Hearn, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 77)
Subs not used: 18-Rebecca Rolls, 3-Anna Green, 14-Kristy Hill, 15-Rebekah Stott
Head coach: Tony Readings


Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 16 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Abby Wambach (caution)                         43rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)                                79

Referee: Jesica Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Marina Corbo (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Rocco (SWE)
Fourth Official: Therese Neguel (CMR)