In this Olympic Games which is being contested during the 40th anniversary year of Title IX, it’s been interesting to note how well the USA women’s team sports are doing vis a vis their male counterparts.
This is the first ever USA Olympic team that has more female than male competitors, and one of the reasons for it was there were American women’s teams that qualified for field hockey and soccer and our men’s teams fell short of doing so.
That’s a nice segue into doing some updates on how the various women’s team sports are doing.
The USA women’s soccer team clinched Group G with a 1-0 over North Korea at Manchester United’s iconic home park of Old Trafford thanks to Abby Wambach’s 141st international goal in the 25th minute and her seventh in Olympic play. It was the first women’s soccer match played there in 23 years and going into the match Team USA already had their August 3 quarterfinal spot clinched due to their two wins over France and Colombia It was just a matter of whether they would do so as group champs or the runner ups..
They will play New Zealand in Newcastle in that quarterfinal knockout round match Friday.
At ‘The Mattress’, AKA the Basketball Arena the USA women rolled to a 90-38 win over Angola to go to 2-0 in Group A play and take their Olympic winning streak to 35 games.
The Angolans stayed close to Team USA in the first quarter and were only trailing by 10 points until Team USA went on a 11-0 run that broke the game open along with holding Angola to only six points in the second quarter to take a 41-18 halftime lead.
Team USA outscored Angola 28-11 in the third quarter thanks to 8-0 and 12-0 runs and by the time they reached the 4:06 mark all eleven available players had scored. Sylvia Fowles didn’t play in this game and next up is Turkey at 4:15 PM CDT.
Over at Earl’s Court, the USA women’s volleyball team is still rolling along unbeaten in Pool B play as well. They knocked off number 2 ranked Brazil in four sets 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to go 2-0 in pool play and now face number 3 ranked and unbeaten 2-0 China for the outright lead.