Team USA Tops Group G

The U.S. WNT's next game will be on Saturday and will take on France.
The U.S. WNT’s next game will be on Friday and will take on Sweden.

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. Women’s National Team finished group play with a dramatic 2-2 draw against Colombia. Team USA (2-0-1; 7 points) has topped Group G, winning their group for the fifth consecutive time in the Women’s Olympic soccer tournament.  Along with France, they’re headed to the quarterfinals.

U.S. Goal rundown
In the 41st minute, while the U.S. was trailing 1-0, Carli Lloyd blasted a shot that was deflected toward the crossbar causing a rebound that fell into an open Crystal Dunn who capitalized, drilling the ball into the net to tie the game at 1-1. This goal was Dunn’s first ever in Olympic play and 15th in her international career.

In the 60th minute, with an assist from Dunn, Mallory Pugh slipped past three defenders to the center of the box and blasted a left-footed shot through a swarm of Colombian defenders into the back of the net to not only give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, but to also become the youngest American soccer player at eighteen years of age to score a goal in the Olympics.

The U.S. WNT is now 16-0-2 in 2016, scoring a total of 57 goals, allowing just six and registering 15 shutouts. They’re 5-0-1 all-time against Colombia, outscoring them 20-2 in their six meetings.

Team USA will be squaring off against Sweden next. Sweden finished third in their group. They’ve only scored twice and they’ve allowed five goals. Regardless, the U.S. needs to focus and be ready. They need to forget their 2-2 draw against a drowned Colombian team and regroup if they’re going to beat Sweden and advance to the semifinals to take on either Australia or Brazil.

The game will be on Friday.