The U.S. women’s soccer team claimed another gold medal on Thursday when Hope Solo and Co. beat Japan 2-1 in front of a packed Wembley Stadium crowd.
As has been the case on numerous occasions over the past week, this victory didn’t come without controversy. (An unnoticed handball penalty once again benefited the American side.) Plus, it required Herculean efforts from both Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo – something that was probably to be expected in a game of this magnitude.
Lloyd scored two goals -- one in the eighth minute and one in the 53rd -- and Solo made numerous clutch saves en route to the USA's sixth win of these 2012 London Olympics.
"You can't go without saying that Hope saved the day literally five times," Abby Wambach said after the game. "She's the best goalkeeper in the world."
A crowd of over 80,000 was on hand to watch the Americans capture their third consecutive gold medal.
Once the win was official, President Barack Obama tweeted a message of congratulations to the winning side.
Congrats to the U.S. women’s soccer team for a third straight Olympic gold. So proud. –bo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 9, 2012
(Kudos USA Today)