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U.S. women in semis

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  August 15, 2008 10:23 AM

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Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii) scored on a diving header in the 101st minute to give the United States women's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory against Canada Friday night at Shanghai Stadium.

The U.S. opened the scoring when Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.) found the net in the 12th minute. After a delay due to weather conditions, Christine Sinclair scored the equalizer for Canada in the 30th minute for a 1-1 halftime score. That stood at the end of regulation, prompting the 30-minute overtime. Kai came on as a substitute for Heather O'Reilly at the beginning of the overtime, and 11 minutes later found herself on the receiving end of a long ball from Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.). Kari dove to direct the ball past Karina LeBlanc and give the Americans the margin for victory.

The U.S. will face the winner of the China-Japan match in the semifinals on Monday, August 18, in a match scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing.

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