U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd celebrates scoring a goal during the final of the women's soccer game Aug. 9, 2012, at Wembley stadium in London. / KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
(CBS/AP) Carli Lloyd scored two goals for the U.S women's soccer team on Thursday, helping team beat Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year's World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in its history.
The top-ranked Americans lost to Japan on penalty kicks in the World Cup final last summer, a stunning blow that became a source of motivation as the players prepared for this year's Olympics.
Lloyd missed the American's first penalty kick in the shootout at the World Cup, but at the rematch in London she scored the American's first goal on a header seven minutes into the game.
The 30-year-old told FIFA on Wednesday after their win against Canada that the team was "intent on getting revenge" stating they weren't going to leave without the gold.
"We know how hard it was for us after that game. It hurt us for a really long time," Lloyd told the AP.
In the Olympic gold medal final, Lloyd scored one goal in each half. In the 54th minute of the game she ripped a shot from 20 yards out that landed just inside the left post after a long run with the ball through the middle of the Japanese defense.
The U.S. team has won four of the five Olympic titles since women's soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games, settling for mere silver at the 2000 Games in Sydney.