Beijing Blogs - Jillian Ellis - Aug. 13, 2008

Aug. 13, 2008

Off to Shanghai!

Last night was a great emotional boost! We beat New Zealand, 4-0, and withJapan crushing Norway, 5-1, we advanced in first place from our group.

The game started in dramatic style as Heather O'Reilly scored with a 30-yardblast in the first minute of the game. The early goal definitely relaxedus, and we put together our best game thus far. After finding out theNorway-Japan score, we were pretty excited to be heading to Shanghai forthe quarterfinals.

This morning we boarded a small plane for a two-hour flight. We travel with60 pieces of team gear, so most of our luggage gets shipped the nightbefore. Our police escort and support personnel make getting around superefficient; they literally shut down the airport and freeways when wetravel!

Our next opponent will be Canada. UCLA's Kara Lang is a striker for theCanucks and has had a big role in helping her team advance. Although losingto Sweden yesterday, Canada's earlier results against Argentina and Chinahave helped them move on to the quarters. It will be great to see Kara, andI am sure amid all the preparation Lauren, Kara, and I will find some Bruintime!

- Jillian Ellis

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