Aug. 9, 2012
London, England - Thursday was a huge day for the UCLA women's soccer program, as three Bruin players earned medals at the 2012 Olympic Games before 80,203 fans at famed Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The day was highlighted by a thrilling 2-1 victory for Team USA over Japan in the gold medal match. Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the U.S., which avenges a penalty kick loss to Japan in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Former UCLA women's soccer player Lauren Cheney came on in the 57th minute and played the final 33 minutes in the victory. Bruin Sydney Leroux did not see any action on Thursday, however she did play in a majority of Team USA's matches heading into the final. Former UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis also took part in the festivities, as she served as an assistant coach for the U.S. squad in London.
The gold medal is Cheney's second; she was a member of the gold medal squad in 2008. Ellis was also an assistant coach for the 2008 team.
Prior to the victory by Team USA, current UCLA junior Chelsea Stewart and Team Canada claimed the bronze medal with a 1-0 victory over France.
The attendance at Wembley was an Olympic record crowd for women's soccer and the largest crowd the U.S. has played in front of outside of the USA.