U.S. Women's Soccer Goes Where It Hasn't Gone In 9 Years After Win Over Netherlands
The US women's soccer team, which looked uninspired during much of the Tokyo Olympics, secured a dismal quarter-final win against the Netherlands on Friday.
The top-ranked Americans eliminated fourth-placed Dutch women 4-2 on penalties after regulation and two overtimes led to a 2-2 deadlock.
The nail biter enabled Team USA to avoid its earliest exit in Olympic history, which was at the 2016 Rio Games. The last time the team reached the semi-finals was in 2012 when they won gold.
Megan Rapinoe fell on the tightrope after Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Christen Press also hit in the shootout.
Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams usually scored the US goals before Dutch rider Vivianne Miedema leveled the game 2-2 with her second goal.
US goalkeeper Alyssa Naheher blocked a penalty in the regular 80th minute and made two stops in the penalty shoot-out. The USA will play Canada in the semi-finals on Monday.
The US is trying to become the first defending champion to be followed by Olympic gold.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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