Things are continuing to go according to plan for the United States woman, as they are through to the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup after winning their second game in a row over Colombia by a final score of 3-0. The U.S. women and Sweden both have six points while both Colombia and North Korea have zero, meaning the final group stage game between the United States and Sweden will decide only first and second place in the group.
The first goal and the ultimate winner was scored by Heather O'Reilly, and it was the sure goal of the tournament so far. From the right wing, she hit a laser of a shot from between 30 and 35 yards out, beating the keeper and hitting the side netting.
Despite their dominance in the first half, the United States held a lead of just one goal at halftime. Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez looked dangerous, but their finishing was poor, and they missed a good four or five goal scoring opportunities between them. As a result, at halftime, Rodriguez was removed for Megan Rapinoe.
That proved to be an excellent decision by Pia Sundhage, as Rapine scored within her first five minutes in the game, assisted by Lauren Cheney. The game felt like it was all but over when that second goal went in, and Carli Lloyd added the icing on the cake with a goal of her own ten minutes later.
Sweden and the United States face off on July 6, and thanks to their superior goal differential, the USWNT only need a draw to go through in first place.