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August 21, 2008 8:00 AM

Gold-medal soccer: U.S. women defeat Brazil 1-0 in OT

Posted by Ron Judd


Game. The U.S. repeats its gold-medal result from Athens. It's a spectacular performance by former UW keeper Hope Solo, with her third shutout of the Olympic tournament. No better way to exorcise the demons of the World Cup scandal in which she was benched before what would turn out to be the Americans' painful defeat by Brazil.

Corner for Brazil as OT clock clicks past 29:00. Shot bends into goal, Solo gets just enough left hand on it to deflect it away. One minute added time remaining. Another run by Marta, centering pass is deflected away as Solo is sprawled on ground.

Carli Lloyd nearly ices the game, getting clear on a dribble, beating the goalie, and watching her shot bounce off the far goalpost. Three minutes remain.

Heavy pressure by Brazil. Solo is solid in goal. A free kick by Marta goes about 6 inches wide to left of goal. Just over 5 minutes remain.

8:12 a.m.
End of the first OT period. Another 15:00 has just begun. If Brazil is able to tie, the game goes to a shootout.

8:00 a.m.:
The U.S. women's soccer team, with a goal by Carli Lloyd in the 96th minute, has taken a 1-0 lead over Brazil in the first of two mandatory 15-minute overtime periods. The game is being broadcast live on NBC's Olympic Soccer Channel. Hope Solo continues a shutout of Brazil as the OT period now enters its 10th minute.

soccer1.JPGBrazil's Tania, left, and Erika, right, as the United States' Carli Lloyd, (11) and Angela Hucles celebrate after Lloyd scored during the first extra time in the women's soccer gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Top : Hope Solo phones home to celebrate the gold medal (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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