USA women advance to quarterfinals with 2-0 victory over Colombia

In this April 4, 2015, file photo, United States' Morgan Brian, center, is congratulated by teammates Ali Krieger, left, and Tobin Heath, right, in a exhibition soccer match. (AP Photo)

Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the Women's World Cup and the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night.

Abby Wambach's penalty kick early in the second half went wide after Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez - a backup herself - was ejected for a foul on Morgan. Stefany Castano, who replaced Perez in goal, got a hand on Morgan's shot five minutes later, but couldn't stop the goal to put the United States up 1-0.

Carli Lloyd also scored for the second-ranked Americans, who will face No. 16 China on Friday in Ottawa. The United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.

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