Sunday, August 10, 2008

US Women Win Over Japan 1-0

Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored on a first-half volley to lead the United States women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Japan and put the Americans' Olympic title defense back on track at the Beijing Games.

The United States, which plays New Zealand in its final group match on Tuesday in Shenyang, has three points in the group. Japan has one point, and faces Norway next in Shanghai.

The United States looked far from gold-medal form. However, did enough against a dangerous Japanese side to pick up a much-needed three points in Group G after dropping its opener against Norway.

The Americans created a host of scoring chances, but were only able to capitalize in the 27th minute, when Lloyd volleyed a cross from defender Stephanie Cox just under the crossbar.

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