Cheers filled the Vancouver stadium this past Sunday as the U.S. women’s soccer team took the championships for the third time in their history. A rush of star-spangled support poured from the bleachers as the team took a triumphant run across the field. Beating Japan 5-2, it was a match to be remembered for our home team, and more than overdue since their loss to the same team in 2011.
The opening moments of the game set the stage for their victory, and put Japan on an early defensive. Team captain Carli Lloyd opened the early moments of the game by scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes, setting a record for fastest goal scored. Making her the first woman to score a hat trick during the World Cup final, and the third American woman to reach a hat trick in any World Cup match.
When interviewed after the game, the 32-year-old player said, “It just didn’t feel real.” “I don’t know why,” she said to Today’s Matt Lauer, “ I don’t know if it was because of the fashion, how it was a 5-2 game. It was unbelievable and something that we all have wanted for so long. The heartbreak in 2011, losing to Japan, and then this game, it was just an unbelievable moment.”
Never taking the credit for herself, Lloyd went on to mention the hard work her team put in to overcome Japan. Each of them logging in major training hours, Lloyd said, “Without them, none of this would be possible– It was an epic journey. One we’ll never forget.” With America bringing a newfound energy to the sport of Soccer, other teams have begun considering us more of a threat on the field. Poised to take next years championship, the women’s team is on a roll that shows no signs of slowing down.
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