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Triangle girls soccer team cheers for U.S. women

Posted July 17, 2011

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— Soccer fans around the globe were glued to the edge of their seats Sunday afternoon as the U.S. women's soccer team fought for the 2011 World Cup. 

In a thrilling penalty shootout, Japan clinched the title, while a girls soccer team in the Triangle tried for a different victory: to be heard all the way in Germany.

Members of Wake Forest United-White soccer team gathered to watch the game and cheer on their American sports idols.

"We all look up to them and we want to be like them someday," said 13-year-old Ashira Santos. Girls soccer team watches Women's World Cup Girls soccer team watches Women's World Cup

Many of the girls, who are 12 and 13 years old, have been playing soccer since they were toddlers. Imagine their excitement when they got to meet the U.S. women's team in May, when they faced Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

"They signed our shirts. Mia Hamm signed (my shirt)," said 13-year-old Hannah Rayman.

Though the U.S. team came up short Sunday, the girls said the game was "amazing" and "exciting."


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  • SoccerRocks Jul 18, 2011

    daddyyankee, here we go, another reason why so many people outside USA doesn't like us, probably may not know it, but Soccer is the biggest and most watch sport on the EARTH, I love soccer, and yes I watch everything else, football, baseball etc.... you can't take the credit and the importance of what this group of women achieved and the impact the have on our youth .... hope you were just joking, enjoy your life

  • carrboroyouth Jul 18, 2011

    good to know that daddyankee is so inspired by his TV shows.

    To answer you, many women's sports are not televised as much as men's. I would imagine that many of these girls watched the men's tourney last year but can relate more to the women's team, especially given the opportunity to meet some of the players. I'm proud of our team and you should be, too.

  • daddyankee Jul 18, 2011

    In other news some friends and I got together this past Saturday and watched reruns of Married With Children on my tv at home. Why didn't our tv viewing activity get covered by the media?

  • westernwake1 Jul 18, 2011

    It is good to see a positive story about fans of the U.S. womens team. It shows the positive impact that the U.S. team has on these Wake Forest youth team fans.

    I agree that the U.S. team did not covert many opportunities. I was hoping they would win, but if any other team in the tournament had to take the trophy home - it is good to see it was Japan - especially in light of all the tragedy the nation has faced over the past months.

  • Scubagirl Jul 18, 2011

    It was a very exiciting game, but garnerwolf is right, we missed so many chances. Would have liked to see them win.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 18, 2011

    Garnerwolf1, I totally agree with your assessment. It should have been 3-0, at least, after the first half. I also thought the US team tended to take the foot off the gas after each of their goals and fall back on defense too easily, instead of going for the kill.

  • Garnerwolf1 Jul 18, 2011

    Exciting game. First Japan goal should never have happened. The second was more of a fluke. During the penalty kicks the US either choked or it was just 'not their night', take your pick. The game however was lost for the US in the first period when they had numerous opportunities on goal but failed to score. All in all though, they played well enough to win. Just didn't happen.