In an intense overtime match of the USA vs. Japan for the Women’s World Cup Finals, the Japanese managed to take the title due to more penalty kicks scored in overtime, beating out the US for the gold. Japan certainly proved their ability to understand their opponent as goalie Ayumi Kaihori blocked Shannon Boxx’s first attempt at a penalty kick—going for the same kick she aced against Brazil. Kaihori predicted this move and blocked her. Last night, the Japanese truly went the extra step to ensure they received the gold medal for their efforts.
While we were disappointed that the United States didn’t bring home the gold after such an impressive run, part of us is also poignant for Japan, who after enduring a trifecta of disasters (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown) could definitely use some good news to take home to their country. Congrats on the gold, Japan.