Columbia Shocks US Women’s Soccer in 2-2 Draw
It all came down to the final minute of regulation.
Catalina Usme's goal on a free kick salvaged something for Columbia as they earned a 2-2 draw with the United States.
The U. S. still won their group by virtue of their victory over France earlier.
Usme scored after a foul by Kelley O'Hara and hooked her free kick into the upper left hand corner for the equalizer.
Usme scored in the 26th minute when her shot went through the legs of U. S. goalie Hope Solo to give Columbia a 1-0 lead, but the Americans tied the score in the 41st minute on a goal by Crystal Dunn.
The United States took the lead in the 59th minute on a goal by 18 year old Mallory Pugh, who hit a left footed shot on an assist from Christen Press.
Usme nearly tied the match in the 77th minute on a free kick, but her attempt went just over the cross bar.
The Americans appeared to be on their way to a 3-0 record, but the late foul gave Usme a chance and she made the most of it. The U. S. finished 2-0-1 in the group while Columbia ended their Olympics with an 0-2-1 record.
The Americans dominated the statistics, with 65 percent possession time. Columbia only had five shots, two on goal, while the Americans had seven shots on goal with 16 shots overall.