US Women's Soccer Claims Gold

Team beats Brazil 1-0 in extra time
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
Wrapped in the Star Spangled Banner, the US team celebrates it's victory over Brazil in the women's soccer gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.    (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)
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(Newser) – The US women’s soccer team claimed Olympic gold today, besting Brazil 1-0 with a goal scored in extra time, the AP reports. Carli Lloyd scored the crucial goal, but goalkeeper Hope Solo was the star of the game, shutting down shot after shot from Brazil’s unrelenting offense. It is the American team’s third gold medal since women’s soccer was added in 1996.