MONTREAL, CANADA- The New Jersey-led U.S. Women’s National Team won last night against Germany advancing to the World Cup final for the second straight year.
And Warren fans were there to cheer them on.
Carli Lloyd, from Delran, converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and broke the scoreless tie. It was enough to get the win with yet another shutout by the team and Hope Solo. With the shutout it brings the U.S. 513 straight minutes without the opponent scoring, the longest such streak in U.S. World Cup history.
Lloyd’s score came less than ten minutes after Celia Sasic missed on a penalty kick for the first time in German World Cup history. The kick came as a result of a slip by Julie Johnston, who to that point had been having possibly the best World Cup for the U.S. Missing the kick started to turn the momentum back to the U.S. side and after a few charges Alex Morgan broke through and drew the penalty kick for Lloyd to score.
The German team had a small amount of fight left but it was quickly gone after another score by substitute Kelley O’Hara. With more magic from Lloyd, dancing along the end line, O’Hara ran into the box to put Lloyd’s cross into the back of the net. A second goal completely defeated the German team and with the remaining six minutes they could only rattle off one last shot that was off target.
Coming into the game, Germany had been the highest scoring team in the World Cup averaging 12 shots on goal per game. The trademark stifling defense of the American side only allowed a single shot on goal and 15 total shots in the game. It was also the first time since 1995 that the Germans lost by two goals in the World Cup. With the win, America now has a 3-1 record against Germany in World Cup play.
Looking ahead to the final game on Sunday, the U.S. will play the winner of tonight’s semifinal, Japan versus England.