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U.S. soccer gets past Netherlands on penalty kicks

Megan Rapinoe converted the deciding penalty in a shootout as the U.S. advanced to the semifinals.
United States players, including Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrate after defeating Netherlands in a penalty shootout during a women's quarterfinal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday in Yokohama, Japan.
United States players, including Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrate after defeating Netherlands in a penalty shootout during a women's quarterfinal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday in Yokohama, Japan. [ KIICHIRO SATO | AP ]
Published Jul. 30

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Megan Rapinoe converted the deciding penalty in a shootout and the United States advanced to the semifinals of the women’s Olympic soccer tournament 4-2 following a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands on Friday.

United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stopped Vivianne Meidema’s opening attempt in the shootout. She then saved a shot from Aniek Nouwen before Rapinoe put her penalty away.

After Rapinoe scored, she turned to her teammates, folded her arms and grinned in triumph.

Meidema scored a pair of goals in regulation time for the Netherlands, giving her 10 goals for the tournament — an Olympic record.

Miedema put the Netherlands ahead in the 18th minute but the Americans equalized when Sam Mewis headed in a goal off a feed from Lynn Williams in the 28th. Williams then gave the Americans the lead in the 31st.

Meidema, who was playing in her 100th game for the Netherlands, made it 2-2 in the 54th.

The United States will next face Canada, which advanced to the semifinals 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with Brazil in Rifu.

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer