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U.S. Women Win World Cup


Everyone knew that the United State vs. China would be a defensive battle but nobody could have guessed that the game would still be tied 0-0 after regulation and two extra periods.

It came down to a penalty kicks and before 90,185 fans, the large crowd to ever watch a women's sporting event in history, Brandi Chastain knocked in the game-winning goal to give the United States women's soccer team a 5-4 victory over China and their second World Cup title in eight years.

"I didn't hear any noise. I didn't get caught up looking at Gao Hong," Chastain said, referring to China's goalkeeper "I just put it home. I thought, my god, this is the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field."

It was Brandi Chastain who kicked the final goal but the other hero of the day was goalie Briana Scurry. After all it was Scurry's diving save that stopped China's Ying Liu penalty kick in overtime that gave the U.S. team the opening they needed.

"I knew I had to stop just one and my teammates would put all of them in," said Scurry, who stopped Liu Ying on the third attempt in the shootout. "I went totally on instinct."

Even President Clinton took time out of his busy schedule and made the trip to the Rose Bowl to take in the game.

"It was an amazing day," Clinton said. "We learned a lot today about soccer and about women athletes."

Clinton told the women their winning performance in the double-overtime, penalty-kick shootout match was a lesson in "courage and endurance."

It was the perfect ending for a team of women who grabbed the attention of a nation for the last two months. A group of 20 women won the World Cup, but more importantly... they won the hearts of a country.

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