USA women reach soccer final

Aug. 23, 2004 at 4:06 PM
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HERAKLIO, Greece, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Heather O'Reilly scored in overtime Monday to give the U.S. women's soccer team a berth in the Olympic gold medal match with a 2-1 win over Germany.

O'Reilly redeemed herself with the winning goal after missing an empty net early in the overtime on a shot that bounced off the post.

Given a second chance, the University of North Carolina Star took a pass from Mia Hamm and delivered the deciding tally in the 99th minute.

The United States will play for the gold medal on Thursday against Brazil, which defeated Sweden in the day's second semifinal, 1-0. Sweden and Germany will face off for the bronze.

It appeared the Americans would record a 1-0 victory over the current World Cup champions, but a deflected shot by Isabell Bachor in the final moments of the second half forced overtime.

Kristine Lilly gave the United States the lead in the first half and Germany had few chances until late in regulation.

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