The United States women
team, which looked flat for much of the Tokyo Olympics
, defeated the Netherlands
in a tense quarterfinal match on Friday.
After regulation and two extra-time periods resulted in a 2-2 tie, the top-ranked Americans
defeated the fourth-ranked Dutch
women on penalty kicks, 4-2.
The nail-biter prevented Team USA
from matching its earliest exit in Olympic history
, which occurred at the 2016 Rio Games; the team last advanced to the semifinals, when it won gold, in 2012.
After Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, and Christen Press all scored in the shootout, Megan Rapinoe
the game-winning goal.
Vivianne Miedema of the Netherlands tied the game at 2-2 with her second goal after Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams scored for the United States in regulation.
Alyssa Naeher, the United States' goalkeeper, made two saves in the shootout after blocking a penalty kick in the 80th minute of regulation. The United States will face Canada
in the semifinals on Monday.
The United States is attempting to become the first defending World Cup champion to go on to win an Olympic gold
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