■ Going for gold: Netherlands brings tough test for U.S. women in final.
3 WINS, 1 LOSS, 1 TBD
UNITED STATES 2, NORWAY 1 Guangzhou, China Michelle Akers-Stahl, center, with Julie Foudy, left, and Carin Jennings, scored both goals for the United States, the second to break a 1-1 tie in the 78th minute. The Americans won all six games they played and finished with a plus-20 goal differential. Akers-Stahl, who led the tournament with 10 goals, scored more than 10 percent of all the goals scored in the competition.
UNITED STATES 0, CHINA 0 U.S. wins 5-4 on penalty kicks Pasadena, California
After 120 scoreless minutes and four successful penalty kicks (two for each side), goalkeeper Briana Scurry gave the U.S. an edge by stopping China’s third try. The teams swapped goals twice more before Brandi Chastain, above, stepped up and won it for the Americans, setting up a memorable celebration.
JAPAN 2, UNITED STATES 2 Japan wins 3-1 on penalty kicks Frankfurt, Germany
Alex Morgan, left, and Abby Wambach, right, scored for the Americans, but each time the U.S. scored Japan had an answer. Wambach’s goal in extra time looked like a winner, but the Japanese scored in the 117th minute to force penalty kicks. The U.S. then missed its first three tries in a stunning loss.
UNITED STATES 5, JAPAN 2 Vancouver, Canada The Americans only allowed one goal in the six matches leading up to the final, then poured it on against Japan with four goals in the first 16 minutes of the championship game. Three of those goals came from Carli Lloyd (No. 10), who scored in the third, fifth and 16th minutes. It was the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history.