Olympic Soccer 2012: USA Women and Squads That Cruised to Victory

Nathan Giese@@gieseflysouthSenior Analyst IIAugust 1, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Abby Wambach of United States reacts during the Women's Football first round Group G match between the United States and DPR Korea,on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on July 31, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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The USA women's soccer team rolled to a 1-0 victory over North Korea yesterday, putting them another step closer to the gold medal game. The victory marked the first time Team USA has swept their group play opponents in the Olympics.

Team USA was not alone, though. There are several other teams that have cruised in their games heading into quarterfinal play, which begins Friday at Newcastle.

France 1, Colombia 0

In more action from Group G, France took out Columbia with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

With the victory, France is now three points behind the USA squad—France holds six points to the USA's nine. France will now move to the quarterfinals against Sweden later in the week. This match will be a rematch of the third-place game in 2011 World Cup.

France hasn't been on top of its game throughout group play, but will be looking to change that in the quarterfinals. France dropped a 2-0 lead over Team USA and lost the contest 4-2. However, they came back to destroy North Korea by a score of 5-0 before their 1-0 win over Colombia.

The French look to have corrected their mistakes against Team USA and continue on their winning ways to advance deeper into the Olympic tournament.

New Zealand 3, Cameroon 1

Rebecca Smith and Sarah Gregorious each helped out on the scoring front as New Zealand knocked off Cameroon in Group E play.

Despite finishing third in the group, New Zealand leapfrogged North Korea to qualify for the quarterfinals because of goal differential. New Zealand will now advance to to play Team USA in quarterfinals play while Cameroon ends up with zero points at the bottom of the group.

United States 1, North Korea 0

Abby Wambach had the deciding goal for Team USA—her 141st goal in International play over her career.

With the victory, the USA women have established themselves as one of the heavy favorites, along with Brazil,  for the remainder of the tournament. The USA will play New Zealand in quarterfinals play on Friday.


Looking Ahead

France and New Zealand will be looking to build off of their success in group play. Both teams will also seek to solidify their standing as top international teams.

The United States and Brazil may be the favorites, but this thing is far from over. It will also be interesting to see how Team USA responds now that goalie Hope Solo has sparked up some controversy with women's soccer legend Brandi Chastain.

Keep an eye out for the USA women's soccer team as they look to finally win the big one.