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Team USA Women's Soccer: United States Advances With 2-0 Win Over New Zealand

The United States Women's National Soccer Team advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 Olympic Games with a 2-0 win over New Zealand at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England.

The United States was by far the better team in the match and after numerous chances in the first half, Abby Wambach finally broke the deadlock. The US striker took a fantastic cross from Alex Morgan, tapping it into the back corner to make it 1-0 for the Nats. It is the fourth goal for Wambach in the 2012 Olympics and stretched her consecutive goal scoring streak at the Olympics to five games going back to the 2008 gold medal match in Beijing.

The second goal came in the 87th minute when Sydney Leroux took a Tobin Heath pass and made a darting run inside the box. LeRoux let it loose just outside of the six-yard box and it hit the back of the net for her first goal of the tournament.

Carly Lloyd of Delran, NJ, started the game for the United States and played all 90 minutes. Lloyd had a few attempts on goal, but none of her shots made it to the keeper.

The United States will next take on the winner of the Canada-Great Britain match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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