OTTOWA, CANADA - Rutgers graduate Carli Lloyd of Delran, NJ led the American team to victory over China in the Women's World Cup in Ottowa on Friday night by scoring the single goal of the game. Lloyd scored the lone goal against the Chinese team in a one-sided game in which the entire American defense seemed to be aimed directly at the Chinese goalie Wang Fei. Fei endured an onslaught of American shots-on-goal as the American offense maintained their presence in the Chinese zone. The American team had 17 shots to China's 7. It was the 25th consecutive victory by the Americans over the Chinese.
Lloyd scored late in the first half after repeated attempts. As in the prior game against Columbia, Lloyd's goal determined the outcome of the game. East Brunswick's Heather O'Reilly entered the game late in the second half to bolster the American defense when the Chinese made more attempts. According to the Wall Street Journal, ""This is the first time in American women's World Cup history that they'll have gone four consecutive games with a clean sheet, not having conceded a goal since the opening game against Australia."
The Americans move on to play Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday in Montreal.