Solo Leads U.S. Into Quarterfinals
Aug. 12, 2008
SHENYANG, China - Former Husky All-American goalkeeper Hope Solo posted her second consecutive shutout and the United States National Team defeated New Zealand, 4-0, to win Group G and advance to the quarterfinals in women's soccer at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Solo and Team USA rebounded from a tough 2-0 loss to Norway in the opening match with wins of 1-0 over Japan and 4-0 over New Zealand. Coupled with Norway's surprising 5-1 loss to Japan, the U.S. came out ahead of Norway in the group standings which means they will not have to face gold-medal favorite Brazil in the quarterfinals.
After giving up two goals in the first four minutes of the opener against 2000 gold medalist Norway, Solo has been lights out. She recorded four saves against Japan after picking up six against Norway and went on to save three shots against New Zealand.
UW will next face Canada in the quarterfinals, which also boasts a former UW Husky. Clare Rustad has played stellar defense for Canada although the team posted a 1-1-1 record and finished just third in Group E. Still, they qualified for the quarterfinals as one of two third-place teams that advanced.
The two teams and former teammates will square off August 15 in Shanghai at 3 a.m. PT. The match will air live on USA Network.