Beijing Blogs - Jillian Ellis - Aug. 13, 2008

Aug. 13, 2008

Off to Shanghai!

Last night was a great emotional boost! We beat New Zealand, 4-0, and with Japan crushing Norway, 5-1, we advanced in first place from our group.

The game started in dramatic style as Heather O'Reilly scored with a 30-yard blast in the first minute of the game. The early goal definitely relaxed us, and we put together our best game thus far. After finding out the Norway-Japan score, we were pretty excited to be heading to Shanghai for the quarterfinals.

This morning we boarded a small plane for a two-hour flight. We travel with 60 pieces of team gear, so most of our luggage gets shipped the night before. Our police escort and support personnel make getting around super efficient; they literally shut down the airport and freeways when we travel!

Our next opponent will be Canada. UCLA's Kara Lang is a striker for the Canucks and has had a big role in helping her team advance. Although losing to Sweden yesterday, Canada's earlier results against Argentina and China have helped them move on to the quarters. It will be great to see Kara, and I am sure amid all the preparation Lauren, Kara, and I will find some Bruin time!

- Jillian Ellis

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