The United States came out of halftime a much more determined and dangerous looking side, and it took less than 10 minutes for that renewed energy to pay off. The U.S. women looked a bit sluggish in the first half of their opening 2011 Women's World Cup game against North Korea, but they've been anything but in the second half, and after 54 minutes the USWNT has a 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal by Lauren Cheney.
Abby Wambach is the third leading scorer in the history of the United States, but she's just as much of a creator as she is a scorer, which she showed off while providing Cheney's assist. Wambach ran onto a ball sprayed out wide left from the defense and her two partners up top, Cheney and Amy Rodriguez, recognized the situation well and made runs into the penalty area. Wambach beat her defender before putting in a cross which Cheney got onto, hitting a header down to the near post and into the back of the net, giving her team the lead.