US Women's Soccer Team Advances to Gold Game

US pole vaulter Jenn Suhr wins gold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2012 4:36 PM CDT
US Women's Soccer Team Advances to Gold Game
In this photo taken, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, pole vaulter Jenn Suhr poses for a photo at her training facility in Churchville, N.Y.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Alex Morgan scored in the 123rd minute to lift the United States over Canada 4-3 in a thrilling semifinal match today and send the Americans into the gold medal game against Japan. The victory overshadowed a hat trick by Canada's Christine Sinclair. The US had to rally three times to tie the game following Sinclair goals, the final time coming in the 80th minute on Abby Wambach's penalty kick that evened the game at 3-3. The United States' Megan Rapinoe scored two goals.

The final at Wembley Stadium will be a rematch of last year's World Cup final, won by Japan on penalty kicks. In other Olympic news, American Jenn Suhr won the gold medal in the women's pole vault today, ending Russian Yelena Isinbayeva's bid for a third straight Olympic title. Suhr won after clearing 4.75 meters at her second attempt, and missed every attempt at 4.80. Yarisley Silva also cleared 4.75 on her second attempt for a Cuban national record, but lost on a countback and took silver. Isinbayeva finished with bronze at 4.70. (More US women's soccer stories.)

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