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Lloyd - NJ's Golden Girl Again

Delran native scores twice as U.S. Women’s Soccer win gold 2-1 over Japan

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Aug 9, 2012  |  Updated 11:40 PM EDT
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It was Lloyd's second-straight Olympic gold.

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Carli Lloyd seems to have that golden touch.

The Delran, N.J. native scored both American goals as the United States Women’s National Team avenged their Women’s World Cup loss while beating Japan 2-1 in the London Olympics Gold Medal Match.

Lloyd, who scored the game-winner for Team USA in the 2008 Olympic Final, struck first putting home a header  on a great pass from Alex Morgan in the eighth minute. She would pad the United States’ lead with a brilliant strike in 54th minute.

The U.S. needed Lloyd’s second score since Japan’s Yuki Ogimi cut the lead to one with her 63rd-minute score.

Fellow New Jersey native Christie Rampone despite being 37 played every minute of every game for the United States. She completed her third Olympic gold by playing solid defense except for when her giveaway almost gave Japan the equalizer as Mana Iwabuchi’s 83rd-minute strike was stopped by Hope Solo.

More than 80,000 fans -- an English record for a women's match -- packed into London's Wembley Stadium to see the United States' triumph.Carli Lloyd had the golden touch in the gold medal match as she scored twice to lead Team USA 2-1 over Japan.

The gold does come with its share of controversy as the United States was awarded two controversial free kicks in the semifinals against Canada and then a seemingly hand ball against Tobin Heath wasn’t called in the first half of the gold medal match.


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