Alex Morgan, one of 5 Golden Bears in action in Day 10, while looking friendly here can be deadly on the soccer pitch. Find out how our neighbors to the North (Canada) think of her now after the jump.
This is usually the space where we say something along the line of don't click if you don't want to be spoiled. However, I see that we already have a separate post up about the Calympic event of the day. Day 10 saw 4 other Golden Bears (than just Alex Morgan) in action. Find out how all the Calympians did after the jump.
Reminder, you can learn more about the various Calympians by clicking on the CGB Calympians logo below.
Alex Morgan has been in a bit of a scoring drought (although she has been getting key assists to Abby Wambach to lead the US Women National Team in that category). After the scary collision with the New Zealand goalkeeper last game (video here), Alex Morgan was declared healthy for today's semifinal match for the chance to take on Japan for the Gold medal on Thursday.
Canada hasn't beaten US in Women Soccer in quite some time, in fact, Canada hasn't had a lead in 9 years. All that changed in this game, as Canadian's Christine Sinclair scored a hat trick (3 goals), each time giving the Canadians an one goal lead. A brace (2 goals) from US's Megan Rapnioe and a penalty from Abby Wambach send this game to extra time, where the two team will play for a full additional 30 minutes (no sudden death goal).
In extra time, Alex Morgan had few great chances to again be the facilitator, sending in good crosses that her teammate couldn't convert. Just when it looked like this game was heading to Penalty Kicks (which would have been the first time in Olympic history for Women Soccer). In the stoppage time of extra time, this happened:
Where were you when Alex Morgan became a household name?
Everyone has their favorite Olympic highlight, but Morgan's magic will undoubtedly tally its share of votes in the years ahead. Alex (when you make a play of this magnitude, you immediately discover you are on a first-name basis with the rest of the world) will now join Strug and Tiffeny Milbrett, who scored the game winner against China in the first Olympic competition in 1996, and Joan Benoit Samuelson, who underwent arthroscopic surgery, won the Olympic marathon trials 17 days later and then forged on to win gold in Los Angeles in 1984, as decorated Olympic heroines.
Alex Morgan rose to be the hero with this fantastic header just over the outstretched arm of the Canadian goalie. US win 4-3 (link to story and highlight video) to advance to the Gold medal match despite a valiant effort from Team Canada. This win also means that Alex and co. are guaranteed at least a Silver medal.
Men's Water Polo:
It's the last day of group play in Men's Water Polo. Both Serbia and USA have already clinched a berth in the quarterfinal prior to their game.
Serbia 12 - Romania 4: Cal sophomore Aleksa Saponjic (Serbia) played 9 minutes and contribute 1 block shot in Serbia's route of Romania. Serbia won the group with this victory. Watch full game replay here.
Max Zhang (China) and China played the last game of their group play (and London 2012 games) today against Great Britain. Max contributed 4 points (2 for 2 shooting from the field), 3 boards, and a block in 13.5 minutes today. China goes home winless after losing 58-90. Watch full game replay here.
Track and Field:
Cal Track and Field is represented today by Discus thrower Martin Maric (Croatia). Maric finished 10th in his group with a mark of 62.87 meter. This distance was not good enough fro him to advance to the final. Full replay of qualification can be found here.
Can't count Morgan's soccer medal just yet, so the current Cal total is still
Event medals: Six gold, one silver, three bronze
Individual medals: Eight gold, one silver, four bronze