Current time in Tokyo: July 30, 8:53 p.m.
United States 2, Netherlands 1
The energy from the American players is palpable right now. All game they have been yelling out to one another, sprinting for loose balls, working hard on defense.
Giving up an early goal, clearly against the run of play, would have been an easy opportunity for a team to deflate and hang their heads. The United States instead mustered a whirlwind response, netting two goals in a span of three minutes.
Earlier in the tournament, defender Kelley O’Hara talked about the need for the players to be “ruthless.” It feels like we’re seeing some of that attitude right now. There’s a long way to go, but the show of resilience is a promising sign for the time.
33′ A clear handball in the area by the Netherlands there, a ball jumping up and hitting van der Gragt, I think, as she mis-controlled it. But the Australian referee, Kate Jacewicz, waves on play.
31′ Williams kept a play alive, winning a header off a corner kick, lofting the ball high into the air. When the ball finally descended to the field, she was there to smash it into the left side of the net.
31′ GOAL! Lynn Williams! The U.S. turns the tables and it’s 2-1 in the blink of an eye.
Christen Press and Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnett come sprinting off the U.S. bench after that one. Lots of fire back in this team tonight.
28′ Williams made a hard dribbling run down the right side, then did a great job cutting the ball back to give herself the time and space to peek up into the box. She spotted Mewis making a run, and whipped a lefty cross straight onto her forehead. Mewis gave it a good knock just inside the right post, giving the Americans the goal they desperately needed. It’s a whole new ballgame.
28′ GOAL! Sam Mewis header! We’re tied in Yokohama.
27′ Still waiting for our first Lynn Williams-Lynn Wilms encounter. Alas, they’ve been patrolling opposite touch lines.
The goal that gave the Netherlands the lead will sting the United States, obviously, but mostly because a lot of good work over the first 15 minutes was undone in an instant.
The U.S. strategy has definitely been a shift tonight: They are pressing the Netherlands whenever it has the ball, almost as if they don’t want the Dutch to…
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