Olympic Roundup - Monday, Aug. 18, 2008

Aug. 18, 2008

Women's Soccer
The U.S. women's soccer team advanced to the gold medal match after a 4-2 victory over Japan in Monday's semifinal. The U.S. rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two goals in the final four minutes of the first half and then scored two more goals in the second half to go ahead 4-1. Japan scored in extra time to make the final score 4-2. Angela Hucles scored in each half.

Lauren Cheney entered the game in the 83rd minute and had three shots, including two shots on goal. UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis is an assistant coach on the U.S. team.

The U.S. will be making its fourth-straight Olympic final and will be taking on Brazil, which beat Germany 4-1 in the other semifinal. The championship match will take place on Thursday at 6 am PT and will be televised live on USA Network.

Men's Water Polo
Former UCLA standout Adam Wright helped lead the U.S. men's water polo team past Germany, 8-7, totaling two goals and two assists, as the Americans won their preliminary group and earned an automatic berth in the semifinals. Team USA guaranteed itself of at least a fourth-place finish, which would match the program's best showing since 1988.

Wright and Jeffrey Powers each scored two goals for the Americans, and goalkeeper Merrill Moses registered 14 saves in the cage. Former UCLA goalkeeper Brandon Brooks did not play.

The U.S. team will face the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal match between Spain and Serbia. The Americans' semifinal game is slated to take place Friday, Aug. 22, at either 3:20 a.m. or 4:40 a.m. (PT).

Track & Field
Dawn Harper automatically advanced to the 100m hurdles final with her second-place run in semifinal heat two. Harper ran 12.66 to earn a spot in the final, along with the two other American competitors.

Sheena Tosta posted the fastest 400m hurdles time amongst all semifinalists (54.07) to advance to the final.

Jessica Cosby fouled out in the hammer.

Team USA scored nine runs in the first inning, all with two outs, to propel them to a 9-0, five-inning victory over host China to finish pool play with a 7-0 record. All four Bruins on the U.S. team contributed to the scoring, as Natasha Watley went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, Andrea Duran was 2-for-2 with a run, Stacey Nuveman went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI and Tairia Mims Flowers went 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI.

The Americans will take on Japan in the semifinals on Wednesday morning (6:30 pm PT Tuesday). The U.S. defeated Japan in pool play 7-0.

Watley scored the game's first run, coming home on a three-run homer by Kelly Kretschman. Duran followed the bomb with a double and Nuveman drove her in on a single to put the Americans on top 4-0. Following a walk to Lovie Jung, Flowers stroked a double to plate a pair to make it 6-0. A third straight Bruin drove in a fellow alum when Watley knocked home Flowers on a single to put the U.S. up 7-0. Watley came around to score the Americans' eighth run, as they added one more to record nine in the first.

Beijing Blogs
Jillian Ellis met up with fellow UCLA coaches at the Olympic Village, and Jessica Cosby went to the silk market before her qualifying round. Read more about it HERE.

News Links

  • The Indianapolis Star speaks with Lauren Cheney about her role on the U.S. team
  • Natalie Golda goes for gold
  • Dawn Harper is focused on Tuesday's final
  • Catching up with former UCLA and Olympic gymnast Kristen Maloney

    Coming Up

  • Rhonda Watkins jumps in the preliminary rounds of the long jump on Tuesday morning (6:40 pm PT Monday), while Dawn Harper runs in the finals of the 100m hurdles at 7:30 am PT on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. women's water polo team faces Australia in the semifinals on Tuesday (11:20 pm PT Monday). The semifinal will be broadcast live online at NBCOlympics.com.
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