It looks like the US Women’s National Team is moving on to play China in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 quarterfinal.
The US team beat Colombia last night with a final score of 2-0. Alex Morgan scored our first goal, after shooting from an extremely acute angle and getting past the Colombian goalie, Stefany Castano, who had just replaced Catalina Perez in the beginning of the second half.
Although Morgan’s shot was risky, many are excited that her confidence is growing because she will need that aggression in the upcoming match against China. The Chinese team has very good form, but has been criticized for not being very fast, which means the US team needs to come up with some more creative ways of breaking past the defense and scoring those goals.
The US team’s first goal was a much needed sigh of relief after Abby Wambach missed her penalty shot at the very beginning of the second half.
The USA scored their second goal on another penalty kick when Carli Lloyd got her opportunity 13 minutes after Morgan.
On the downside, Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday both got their second yellow cards of this World Cup, meaning that they will have to sit out of the quarterfinal match.
Plus, anybody who watched this game may have noticed the USA’s frustration towards the end. Instead of celebrating this win, the girls looked disappointed. They are aware that they will have to play even better if they want to continue moving up in the competition.
With a lot of little errors and a few slip ups letting the Colombians through our defense, this match was never just about beating Colombia, it was about proving that the US team has what it takes to go confidently into the match against China.
After last night’s game, we’re not sure how confident the girls are feeling, but we’ll just have to wait and see if they step it up for the quarterfinal.