The Rio 2016 Calympics started on Wednesday night with Women’s Soccer group play between Alex Morgan’s USA and Betsy Hassett’s New Zealand. Morgan and the USWNT kicks off their quest to four-peat (is this term copyrighted by Pat Riley also?) with a 2-0 victory over the Football Ferns of New Zealand.
The non-Cal Carli Lloyd scored the first goal of the match with a header to give the Americans the lead in the first half. Alex Morgan scored U.S.A.’s 2nd goal of the match at the very first minute of the second half.
.@alexmorgan13 juuuuuust sneaks it through. #TeamUSA. goes up 2-0 against New Zealand! https://t.co/B74imgNL78 https://t.co/5PbyDVnIco— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 3, 2016
Betsy Hassett played all 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card.
USA will play next on a super busy Saturday with a ton of Calympics action. USA will face France.
Open Group G with a W? ✅ Get 3pts? ✅. Game recap: https://t.co/IdNG9ZsIsq.#USAvFRA is in 2 days! 4pm ET on @NBCSN! pic.twitter.com/1VIuUKuIHT— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) August 4, 2016
New Zealand has an extra day off and plays Colombia on Sunday.
Thanks to all of NZ for your support back home. Next game v Colombia on Sunday am. #BetheInspiration @nzolympics pic.twitter.com/XxndYXKtXR— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) August 4, 2016
Women’s Soccer Group G play: U.S.A. vs. New Zealand
When: Wednesday, August 3rd, 3 PM PT
Where: Mineirão Stadium; Belo Horizonte, Brazil
TV: NBCSN (also NBCOlympics.com)
Calympians in action: Alex Morgan (U.S.A), Betsy Hassett (New Zealand)
Former Golden Bears and teammates for two years (2009 and 2010), Alex Morgan and Betsy Hassett will face off in the Olympics for the 2nd consecutive time. Alex Morgan and the USWNT defeated Betsy Hassett and New Zealand 2-0 in the Quarterfinals of 2012 London en route to the Olympic Gold. In fact, Alex Morgan is looking to lead the Americans to their 4th consecutive Olympic Gold. With Abby Wambach now retired, Alex Morgan is the clear go-to striker for the United States.
So honored to be able to represent my country on the biggest stage there is in sport. #21days #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/p8klaRpqy3— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 13, 2016
Betsy Hassett and the Football Ferns are a team on the rise. After advancing to the knockout stage for the first time in London 2012, they are hoping to achieve even more. A starting midfielder for the Ferns, look for Betsy Hassett to be involved heavily in both the offense and defense for her New Zealand squad.
Awesome visit to the Mangueira Favela today sharing our love of Football with the Brazilian culture! @nzolympics pic.twitter.com/YiKGmfzg9w— betsy hassett (@betsyhassett12) July 30, 2016
Both the United States and New Zealand are in Group G with France and Colombia. The top two finishers after the round robin will be guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. The two best 3rd place teams out of the three groups will join them.
Both of Calympians in this game - Alex Morgan and Betsy Hassett are excited about the start of the Rio games and this match, are you?
When the stadium visit makes you feel like a 5 year old in a candy shop. #OneDay #RoadToRio #USAvNZL pic.twitter.com/8l6x7P3amP— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 2, 2016
1 more day till the opening game vs USA!! Make sure your watching NZ! We are ready! @NZ_Football @nzolympics pic.twitter.com/MSm14WgJV6— betsy hassett (@betsyhassett12) August 2, 2016
More on today’s match:
The #USWNT has won eleven straight Olympic matches!— NBCSN (@NBCSN) August 3, 2016
Watch them tonight at 6 pm ET on NBCSN! pic.twitter.com/D3gHLWHpZy
The #USWNT has a solid history in #Olympics openers. Playing No. 6 tonight.#USAvNZL 6 pm ET @NBCSN & @NBCUniverso. pic.twitter.com/oQ2VNgQoim— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) August 3, 2016