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Olympics: USA takes gold in women's soccer

London: USA beats Japan, scoring gold in women's soccer, the country's fourth gold medal in the last five Olympic games.
Hope Solo #1 of the United States celebrates with the American flag after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the Women's Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The US women's soccer team won 2-1 over Japan today, scoring its fourth Olympic gold medal in five games thanks to US midfielder Carli Lloyd, reported USA Today

The Americans dominated today, staying 2-0 over Japan through much of the game, with Japan only scoring in the 63rd minute, said USA Today.  

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Lloyd scored both goals during the match at London's Wembley Stadium, said ABC News, noting a key save by US goalkeeper Hope Solo that helped keep Japan at bay until the referee's final call. 

The US was "looking to avenge their defeat to Japan in the final of the 2011 World Cup," according to the Huffington Post. The tense 2011 match went to penalty kicks and finally taken by Japan, 3-1.

But when it comes to the Olympic games, the US women's soccer team has a legacy to maintain: with one exception (Sydney, 2000), the team has won gold in every Games since the sport joined the competition in 1996, according to ABC