OTTAWA, CANADA - The United States' quarterfinal against China on Friday was the hottest ticket of the Women's World Cup, and some Warren soccer fans were there to cheer on the national team. 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.
The U.S. took the lead on a towering header from Lloyd - her 200th cap.
Lloyd's goal was the only one needed as the U.S. defeated China, 1-0 to advance to face Germany on June 30.
American goalkeeper Hope Solo was the Great Wall against China. Solo became the all time U.S. winning goalkeeper with 134 wins and the Americans set a U.S. World Cup record with 423 scoreless minutes.
China's goalie Wang Fei endured an onslaught of American shots-on-goal as the American offense maintained their presence in the Chinese zone. It was the 25th consecutive victory by the Americans over the Chinese.
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."
Yellow cards in the last game against Colombia forced Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe, to miss the game.
The team has multiple New Jersey natives including Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Christie Rampone and Heather O’Reilly. Lloyd is from Delran and graduated from Rutgers, Rampone graduated from Monmouth and comes from Point Pleasant. Heath was born is Morristown but was raised in Basking Ridge and went to North Carolina for college. O’Reilly was raised in East Brunswick.
The Americans move on to play Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday in Montreal.