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U.S.A. women set to face Sweden, former coach in Women's World Cup
The women are coming off a 3-1 win over Australia in the first group match, led by a pair of goals from Megan Rapinoe and one from Christen Press.
Thursday, June 11th 2015, 10:44 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The United States Women's National Team returns to the field tonight in the FIFA Women's World Cup against Sweden for their second match in group play.
The women are coming off a 3-1 win over Australia in the first group match, led by a pair of goals from Megan Rapinoe and one from Christen Press. Despite managing one fewer shot-on-goal than Australia, Rapinoe's performance lifted U.S.A. over the Westfield Matildas and into the top spot in Group D.
Earlier in the day, Sweden and Nigeria played to a thoroughly entertaining 3-3 draw, in which Nigeria seemed to have the energy and answers to respond to Sweden at every twist and turn – as even one of Sweden's goals was put in by Nigeria's own Desire Oparanozie. Nigeria also doubled Sweden's total attempts, though just five of their fourteen were on target.
“This draw feels like a win,” Oparanozie
. “There's no word to explain this feeling … Having gone down two goals and having come back to level, it is quite tremendous. We feel very happy.”
Going against Sweden, U.S.A. will again look for a lift from controversial goal keeper Hope Solo, who provided some impressive saves against Australia.
"When it comes to Hope Solo, she's a piece of work," Sweden's coach, Pia Sundhage, who led the U.S. women to the final in the 2011 World Cup,
. “Something happens outside the field, but when it comes to two halves of 45 minutes, she is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
U.S.A. kicks off against Sweden at 8 p.m. tonight on WDRB. The USWNT can clinch a berth into the final 16 with a win over Sweden. It would give them six points and be good enough for at least second place in the group.
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