Some more exciting soccer news – team USA won the under-20 World Cup title on Sunday, defeating champion North Korea 2-1.
Before I even move on to the details of the game, I have to say – it’s incredible that women under 20 years of age are given the opportunity to compete on a world level (they’re not even out of college yet).
Then, to go down to South America and win – that’s truly incredible.
USsoccer.com has been tracking the team’s thoughts and feelings through their MatchTracker tool.
Nikki Marshall, a junior at Colorado, explained what she felt in that moment,
“Standing up on the podium after the game was surreal; a feeling I have never felt before. Surprisingly (ha ha) I could not control my emotion and I had tears of joy in my eyes. We sacrificed so much to be here and it all became worth it when that gold medal was placed around us. It was a great a tournament and a great moment in my life.”
According to ESPN, USA capitalized on first-half goals from Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan.
“Leroux, who was born in Canada and now plays for UCLA, found the net in the 23rd minute with a shot from inside the box that ricocheted in off the defense, and Morgan, who plays for Cal, scored in the 42nd with a left-footed shot from 20 yards that went high into the goal.”