Former Gator Helps USA Advance

During one of the biggest US women's soccer wins since 1999, it was a Gator that led the charge. Former Florida soccer player Abby Wambach used a header to score in the 122nd minute to fight off elimination and force overtime with the latest goal in World Cup history. The US would win in penalty kicks, but it wouldn't have happened without Wambach's heroics.

Megan Rapinoe kicked what looked like a desperation pass near the goal, but it went perfectly over the head of the Brazilian goalkeeper where Wambach headed it in for a moment that won't soon be forgotten in US soccer history. Wambach also added a penalty kick to help the US to a 5-3 advantage, advancing to the semifinals on Wednesday.

At Florida, Wambach was named All-SEC for four straight seasons. She was SEC Player of the Year twice, leading the Gators to the NCAA Final Four in her final season.

Wambach set school career records for goals (96), assists (49), points (241), game-winning goals (24) and hat tricks (10).

Wambach had one overtime winner during his career at Florida. It came against Southern California on Sept. 15, 2000 in the 109:07 minute, serving as the third-latest goal in Florida history.

The United States will now play France in a semifinal Wednesday.


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