Nine from Pac-12 advance in FIFA Women's World Cup
Eight former student-athletes (and one former head coach) from the Conference of Champions were in action on Monday during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, all eight were still standing at day's end. The players, representing the United States and England, advance to face China and Canada, respectively, in the quarterfinals beginning on June 26. Your recap of Monday's matches up north:
United States beats Colombia, 2-0 (Commonwealth Stadium // Edmonton, Alberta)
Seven star-spangled soccer stars are on the U.S. Women's National Team – eight if you count head coach Jill Ellis, former head coach of UCLA women's soccer – representing the Pac-12 Conference. Of those seven, four earned caps for the USA on Monday night, including forward Alex Morgan (California), forward Christen Press (Stanford), midfielder Lauren Holiday (UCLA) and goalkeeper Hope Solo (Washington). Play was fairly pedestrian in the first half, with neither team finding the back of the onion bag before intermission. The action broke wide open in the second half, though, with former Golden Bear Alex Morgan scoring her first goal in four matches shortly after Colombia's goalkeeper was sent off with a red card in the 60th minute. Morgan shot a laser on goal from just outside the six that bounced off of Colombia's keeper and into goal. Carli Lloyd added another goal on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute for the Red, White and Blue, which wrapped up the 2-0 win for the United States. The Women's National Team is set to face China on Friday in Ottawa.
England tops Norway, 2-1 (TD Place Stadium // Ottawa, Ontario)
Representing Oregon State women's soccer for England is Jodie Taylor, who played for the Beavs from 2003-2007 and was a first-team all-conference recipient in each of her four years in Corvallis. The striker entered the game for the Brits in the 63rd minute after England scored to tie the match at one apiece. She proved to be a threat on the field quickly, as England's Lucy Bronze scored the winning goal with the assist from Taylor in the 76th minute. England, who won 2-1, advances to face host-nation Canada in the round of eight on Saturday in Vancouver.