United States Advance To WWC Semifinals

United States Advance To WWC Semifinals

Carli Lloyd scored the winner as the United States earned a spot in the Women's World Cup semifinals with a 1-0 defeat of China on Friday.

The United States, looking for their first World Cup title since 1999, booked a semifinal tie against top-ranked Germany, who beat France on penalties earlier in the day.

Hope Solo had her fourth straight shutout for the United States. The Americans have not allowed a goal in 423 minutes since this year's tournament opener against Australia.

The victory was Solo's 134th with the national team, which broke Briana Scurry's record for most by a U.S. keeper. It also marked her 88th career shutout.

Despite missing suspended midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, the U.S. managed a more attacking attitude and extended its unbeaten streak against China to 25 matches dating to 2003.

The first half ended scoreless, with the U.S. dominating play and out-shooting China 11-4.

However Lloyd scored the game's only goal six minutes after the break, rising to meet a Julie Johnson cross from the wing and slotting into the bottom right corner of China keeper Wang Fei's goal.

Friday's win gives the U.S. their seventh consecutive appearance in the semis, making them the only country to reach the final four in every Women's World Cup.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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