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

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Ali Krieger, Morgan Brian, and Tobin Heath
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.
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- 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.