Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes — like the rest of us — went wild when the US Women’s Soccer Team topped the Netherlands on penalty kicks at the Tokyo Olympics Friday.
The superstar tweeted “Let’s go! @USWNT!” after a nail-biting finish. The women will move on to face Canada Monday, Aug. 2, in the semifinals. Brittany Matthews, Patrick Mathomes’ fiancee, played professional soccer for a season in Iceland.
Megan Rapinoe scored the game-winning goal to seal the 4-2 victory in the Olympics quarterfinals. But the night belonged to goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. That’s because her brilliant play on penalty kicks saved the heavily favored Americans from leaving the Toyko Olympics without a medal.
She stopped one in regulation and blocked two others in the shootout. The late penalty in regulation would have doomed the team, but Naeher stepped up. She also stopped the first two penalty kicks in the shootout — from star striker Vivianne Meidema and another from Aniek Nouwen, CBS News said. This set Rapinoe up to seal the game with her penalty kick.
After the game, Naeher downplayed her role in the win.
“This team just kept pushing for 90 minutes, 120 minutes, and we just kept believing that we were going to find a way to get it done,” Naeher said. “Very proud of the four players to step up and score their four penalties to go 4-for-4. That is huge.”
Rapinoe played with reporters after she finished off the Dutch team, joking about the pressure.
“I just try to stay calm. I always say to myself, `The worst that’s going to happen is you’re going to lose the whole thing,'” she said with a smile, CBS said.
The Dutch team had hoped to avenge their 2019 World Cup finals loss to the USWNT.
USWNT Have Had a Drama-Filled Olympics
The USWNT came into the Tokyo Olympics heavily favored to win a gold medal. That was until Sweden beat them 3-0 in the opening round, forcing them into a do-or-die scenario in the Group Stage.
The women were left stunned but resolute after Sweden had laid bare the team’s weaknesses. But the team bounced back and made New Zealand pay for their early loss.
“Sweden was a very good team and we didn’t play our best, and when you do that up against a top opponent, they’re going to punish you. So that wasn’t our best performance,” defender Crystal Dunn said. “I think we came into Game 2 knowing that we don’t go from being a really great team two days ago to not being a great team anymore.”
The team was able to hold on and escape the group stage.
They’ll now take on Canada as Sweden faces off against Australia in the semifinals. This could set up a potential rematch and a chance at redemption for the USWNT against the Swedes in the Gold Medal match.