The USWNT gained’t depart Japan empty-handed.
Group USA beat Australia 4-3 on Thursday within the bronze medal recreation of the ladies’s soccer match on the Tokyo Olympics. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd every scored two targets to assist the USWNT finish their run within the competitors on a excessive notice. Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik netted for an Australia crew, which was in search of its first Olympic medal in ladies’s soccer.
Rapinoe scored her first aim of the sport within the eighth minute straight off a nook kick.
After Kerr tied the sport within the seventeenth minute, Rapinoe struck dwelling a volley within the twenty first to place Group USA forward as soon as once more.
Lloyd elevated Group USA’s result in 3-1 with a aim simply earlier than halftime. She scored once more within the 51st minute, giving the USWNT a 4-1 benefit and setting a U.S. file along with her tenth profession Olympic aim.
Foord’s and Gielnik scored within the 51st and ninetieth minutes, respectively, however the USWNT held on for the win.
Afterward, Lloyd and USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn hailed the group’s determined response to their semifinal loss to Canada.
“That was the U.S. mentality,” Llyod mentioned, per The Related Press. ” … I’m extraordinarily pleased with the best way we persevered, they manner we turned issues round. We’re going dwelling with a medal, and there’s no higher feeling than that.”
“It’s very satisfying,” Sauerbrunn mentioned, per The AP. “I believe all of us realized we didn’t play one of the best this whole match,” U.S. captain Becky Sauerbrunn mentioned. “… To indicate the USA mentality and the resiliency, to place the efficiency in that we needed to be taking part in your entire time, and to lastly discover it in a recreation like that — very satisfying.”
Though the USWNT didn’t accomplish the unprecedented feat of following its 2019 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup triumph with an Olympic gold medal, it nonetheless has one thing tangible to indicate for its marketing campaign in Tokyo.