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Summer Olympics 2012: USA Women's Team Wins Soccer Gold, Beats Japan 2-1

The USA women's soccer team has done it again.

In a close 2-1 game, the Americans managed to fend off a steady attack from the Japanese team to repeat as champions. Even though Japan had possession for 58 percent of the game (39 minutes) and fired 13 shots, Japan's offense could muster only 5 shots on goal with G Hope Solo limiting them to just the 1 goal.

St. Louis native D Becky Sauerbrunn entered the game late for D Rachel Buehler. Sauerbrunn helped hold the Japanese offense off the scoreboard late, but it was MF Carli Llloyd who landed the crucial, game-winning goal on an improbable shot from outside the 18-yard box.

With the win, America takes it's third-straight gold medal in the women's soccer event.

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