Some Americans will be starting their July 4th celebrations a little bit earlier than normal after a 2-1 win over England on Tuesday propelled the US Women’s team to the World Cup Final on Sunday. It wasn’t done with ease, however, with goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher producing two huge saves to preserve the lead. The first of those saves came shortly after they had just retaken their lead. Leaping to her left, she pushed the ball away from goal to ensure they stayed in front.
But it was the second big save that will be remembered more, with the ‘keeper making a save from Stephanie Hougton with less than ten minutes of regulation to go. That penalty came after a VAR decision helped the referee overturn the call on the field. Earlier, England had a goal chalked off due to offside and would go on to have a player sent off late in the going. The Americans took little time getting going in the game, putting the Three Lionesses under pressure. It told as Christine Press, in for the thought-to-be injured Megan Rapinoe, scored to make it 1-0. England answered back with Ellen White’s finish nine minutes later in the 19th, but Alex Morgan’s 31st minute goal proved to be telling, along with the heroics of the USA ‘keeper. Not the first time you’ve ever heard that!