Jul 31, 2012; Manchester , United Kingdom; USA forward (13) Alex Morgan controls the ball against North Korea forward (2) Nam Hui Kim in the second half during the women's preliminary round in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford. USA defeated North Korea 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The United States women's soccer team has plenty of Pac-12 players, and considering many of them are on the defensive side of the field, a shut-out victory over North Korea highlighted all their talents. Hope Solo didn't really have to do all that much, as Kelley O'Hara, Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet were quick to dispossess any North Korean attack that came their way. The US defense only allowed a few shots on goal, and the ones that got to goal were amply contested by Solo and the US backline.
Alex Morgan missed all of her shot attempts, but she did manage to get the crucial assist of the game when she set up Abby Wambach on a beautiful touch. Morgan showed she could do plenty more than just score with that assist, and was active in getting the ball to other teammates to get ample opportunities to prdouce.
Now that they've won their group, the USA will face New Zealand in the quarterfinal thanks to the Kiwi victory yesterday over Cameroon, and New Zealand will feature three Pac-12 talents in Ali Riley (Stanford), Rosie White (UCLA) and Betsy Hassett (Cal). Chelsea Stewart (UCLA) of Canada will face Great Britain in their quarterfinal.