Soccer has been a part of my life for many years; as a spectator, coach, player (on the coaches team, and I wasn’t very good), and parent.
This weekend we celebrated our Nation’s birthday and our women played for the title of FIFA Women’s World Cup champions.
The fireworks were over, but there were more to come. The USA women would become the World Cup champions. The World Cup was hosted by Canada, the final was played in British Columbia, and it was like a home game for our women. The fans were behind us as we stepped on the pitch.
The USA versus Japan. A World Cup rematch from four years ago. The holy grail of soccer. Three minutes in, Carli Lloyd scored the first goal of the game giving the USA the lead in the match. Two minutes later, Carli scored her second goal of the game, stunning Japan, and giving the USA a two goal lead.
In soccer, two goals is a substantial lead. Fourteen minutes in, Alex Morgan scored goal number three and at sixteen minutes, Carli gave the USA a commanding four goal lead. Japan tallied a goal in the twenty-seventh minute, but the USA women kept up the pressure and went in at halftime with a three goal lead.
Our ladies stepped on the pitch after the half, the crowd went wild. Japan kept up the pressure, and on a set piece, the USA gave up an own goal putting Japan within two. Minutes later, Tobin Heath tallied the fifth goal for the USA and that would be the final tally of the game. The USA put their loss in 2009 to Japan in the rear view mirror and are now the reigning champions.
This is the USA Women’s third World Cup victory. Congratulations on your convincing win.
Every young girl soccer player watches the game in anticipation of a World Cup win, picturing herself as a player on the pitch. When I coached my girls’ soccer team, they all imagined themselves on the pitch, scoring the game winning goal, or defending the net. This team is a positive influence on our youth, as are all athletes and coaches. What a great role model for our children.