EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the Women’s World Cup and the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night.
Abby Wambach’s penalty kick early in the second half went wide after Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez – a backup herself – was ejected for a foul on Morgan. Stefany Castano, who replaced Perez in goal, got a hand on Morgan’s shot five minutes later, but couldn’t stop the goal to put the United States up 1-0.
Carli Lloyd also scored for the second-ranked Americans, who will face No. 16 China on Friday in Ottawa. The United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.
Editor’s note: The FIFA Women’s World Cup is being broadcast on Fox and Fox Sports 1. The U.S.-China match will be broadcast on Fox/KHON at 1:30 p.m. Friday HST.