Eight from Pac-12 headed to 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final
United States beats Germany, 2-0 (Olympic Stadium // Montreal, Quebec)
Seven former Pac-12 student-athletes (and former UCLA women's soccer head coach Jill Ellis) advanced on Tuesday to the championship match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Germany. Forward Alex Morgan (California), defender Kelley O'Hara (Stanford), midfielder Lauren Holiday (UCLA) and goalkeeper Hope Solo all earned caps for the U.S. women's national team, but it was O'Hara who shined bright in Montreal.
After entering the game as a sub in the 76th minute, the 2009 Hermann Trophy winner put a nail in Germany's coffin with a brilliant goal from inside the six-yard box to put America up 2-0 (Captain Carli Lloyd scored the first goal on a penalty kick in the 70th minute). Lloyd assisted O'Hara on the goal after an artful an run through the penalty box capped with a perfect pass on frame.
The only other Pac-12 alumna still in World Cup contention is England foward Jodie Taylor (Oregon State), who scored for the Lionesses in their quarterfinal win over Canada last Saturday. England faces reigning World Cup champion Japan in its semifinal match on Wednesday in Edmonton (4 PT, FOX).
As for the United States women, they will face Japan in the championship match on July 5 in Vancouver (4 PT, FOX). Team USA has not won the Women's World Cup since 1999.
Japan beats England, 2-1 (Commonwealth Stadium // Edmonton, Alberta)
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