The After Bar: USWNT 2 – Australia 1
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
Australia proved to be a much sterner test for the U.S. women's national team than Costa Rica, but once again showed some of the same grit and determination that made this gold medal tour possible, coming from down a goal to win 2-1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The world-ranked ninth Aussies rattled the post twice in the opening half before taking the lead in the 34th minute. Alex Morgan tied the match up ten minutes into the second half and then drew a penalty in the 63rd minute. Second half substitute Shannon Boxx nailed the penalty to take the lead and secure the win.
The Lady Nats improves to 22-1-1 in 2012 and faces Australia once again on Wednesday, September 19th, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado The match will be the final game in charge for head coach Pia Sundhage who will take over the Swedish national team in December. The match will be at 9pm CT on ESPN2.
Leanne Elston (MLS Reserves) – “U.S. defeat Australia, 2-1”
Dana Lancaster (Aerys Sports) – “U.S. Women Write a Tale of Two Halves in Comeback Win vs Australia”
Pic of the Match:
Megan Rapinoe jumps the signboards and heads into the Home Depot Center crowd to sign autographs after the match.
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