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Despite U.S. loss in final, World Cup motivates Howard County girls on road to nationals
Despite U.S. loss in final, World Cup motivates Howard County girls on road to nationals

Suddenly, their heroes had lost. The 13 teenaged girls had gathered Sunday, July 17 to watch the United States play Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup final. They'd been confident of a win by the United States, but Japan's equalizing goal with a little more than three minutes left in extra time deadlocked the score, 2-2. A disastrous showing of three consecutive missed shots by the U.S. to open the penalty-kick shootout allowed Saki Kumagai to give Japan an insermountable 3-1 advantange after four rounds and clinch the title. When Kumagai's shot hit the back of the net, the girls sat in the Highland basement of Shannon Cirovski, a former player on the women's...

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