Cheney, Leroux Earn Gold Medal with Team USA

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.

Match Recaps: USA 2, Japan 1 | Canada 1, France 0

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Oct 11
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1 (2OT)
Saturday, Oct 17
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Oct 23
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Oct 25
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 29
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 0 - 7
Sunday, Nov 01
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 0 - 2
Friday, Nov 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 2