June 22, 2015
Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd score 2nd-half goals to power USA over Colombia in WWC Round of 16
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored within a 13-minute span in the second half to lead the United States to a 2-0 win over 10-player Colombia in the Round of 16 of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Monday night.
The Americans booked a quarterfinal berth against China in Ottawa on Friday.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded the shutout, her third of the tournament, at Commonwealth Stadium. The USA hasnít allowed a goal in 333 minutes or since the 3-1 victory over Australia in its group opener.
After a scoreless first half, the game changed dramatically in the early moments of the second half.
Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez knocked Morgan down at the top left of the penalty area. A penalty kick was awarded to the USA and Perez was given a straight red card in the 47th minute, forcing the South Americans to play a player down for the final 43 minutes.
Two minutes later, Stephany Castano, the Colombians' No. 3 goalkeeper, was inserted into the game, replacing forward Ingrid Vidal. Colombia's regular keeper, Sandra Sepulveda, sat out the game due to a yellow-card suspension.
On the ensuing penalty, USA striker Abby Wambach, who has scored a world-record 182 goals, fired a left-footed attempt wide left.
In the 53rd minute, the USA scored when Morgan latched onto a feed from Ali Krieger and beat Castano from the left side. Castano managed to get an arm on the ball as it sailed into the net. It was Morgan's first goal of the tournament.
The Americans doubled their lead in the 66th minute on their second penalty kick of the game as Angela Clavijo tripped midfielder Megan Rapinoe in the box. This time Lloyd took the penalty, rifling a shot into the right corner while Castano dove the other way. Lloyd has two Womenís World Cup goals and both have been scored against Colombia.
The USA will be forced to play without midfielders Lauren Holiday and Rapinoe in the quarterfinals as they were assessed their second yellow cards of the competition in the 17th and 42nd minutes, respectively.