Abby Wambach had a significant advantage throughout the 2011 Women's World Cup and has been a terror during the finals against Japan. And finally, in extra time, Wambach came through, coming up with even more heroics to put the USA on top, 2-1. It was Wambach on the end of a cross just inside the six-yard-box, putting a head to it and hammering it into the back of the net. With the way her Women's World Cup has been going, it was only fitting.
And who was it that sent the cross in, setting up Wambach perfectly? None other than Alex Morgan, the first goal-scorer and super-sub for Pia Sundhage's team. Morgan broke free on the left, made it to the by-line and found Wambach in just an inch of space. Wambach did the rest, leaving Japan's keeper no chance to make a stop.
With just 15 minutes to go in extra time, the USA leads Japan, 2-1, thanks to Wambach's superb header. The USA just has to hold-on to prevent a penalty shootout and to win its third World Cup.
For more on the tournament, be sure to visit SB Nation Soccer's 2011 Women's World Cup StoryStream. Stay with this StoryStream for more on Hope Solo and the United States Womens National Team.