Mor­gan, Lloyd score in 2-0 US win over Colom­bia

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY ANNE M. PETER­SON

Now that Alex Mor­gan has a goal, she doesn’t want to look back on the op­por­tu­ni­ties she’s missed. She wants to look for­ward to the goals to come.

“I don’t re­mem­ber the last goal I’ve had with this team,” said Mor­gan, who had been ham­pered by a bone bruise in her left knee go­ing into the tour­na­ment. “And that’s not a good sign. I don’t want to look back and see when the last one was be­cause now I’ve scored, and it’s a fresh start mov­ing for­ward.”

Mor­gan scored her first goal of the Women’s World Cup and the United States ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals with a 2-0 vic­tory over Colom­bia on Mon­day night. Her pre­vi­ous U.S. goal came March 6 in the Algarve Cup.

Abby Wam­bach’s penalty kick early in the sec­ond half went wide af­ter Colom­bia goal­keeper Catalina Perez — a backup her­self — was ejected for a foul on Mor­gan. Ste­fany Cas­tano, who re­placed Perez in goal, got a hand on Mor­gan’s shot five min­utes later, but couldn’t stop the goal to put the United States up 1-0.

“It didn’t have much power on it as I wanted, but it went in and that’s all that mat­ters,” she said about her right-footed goal.

Usu­ally she’s lefty: “It comes in handy when it needs to,” she smiled.

Carli Lloyd also scored for the sec­ond-ranked Amer­i­cans, who will face No. 16 China on Fri­day in Ot­tawa. The United States is seek­ing its third World Cup ti­tle, but first since 1999.

The Amer­i­cans have not al­lowed a goal in 333 min­utes.

Colom­bia has never won soc­cer’s premier tour­na­ment, but the No. 28 Las Cafeteras pulled off one of the big­gest up­sets in any World Cup in the group stage when they de­feated third-ranked France 2-0.

AP

United States’ Alex Mor­gan #13 chases as Colom­bia’s Ori­an­ica Ve­lasquez #9 kicks the ball dur­ing first half FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 ac­tion in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, Mon­day, June 22.

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