Team USA Women's Soccer Draws First Blood Vs. New Zealand

Abby Wambach picked up yet another goal in international play Friday, putting Team USA on the board 1-0 in a women's soccer match vs. New Zealand Friday. It's the second quarterfinal contest of the 2012 London Olympics tournament; France defeated Sweden 2-1 earlier. Japan takes on Brazil at 11:00 AM CDT, while the combined Great Britain team and their erstwhile subjects in Canada tangle at 1:30.

Team USA is undefeated so far; in group play they defeated France, Colombia, and North Korea by a combined score of 7-2 to move on to the quarterfinals in the first place. The US women have taken the gold medal three times in four Olympic attempts, losing only to Norway in the 2000 games in Sydney.

St. Louis-born defender Becky Sauerbrunn appeared briefly in America's win against North Korea, making her Olympics debut; we'll follow her progress as she and the US women look to continue their run of Olympic dominance. For more updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis and follow along at SB Nation's national Olympics hub.

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