Well, the tournament started, and as you already know, we drew in our first game against North Korea 2-2. It was awesome for me to get in the starting line-up in my first World Cup game. During the national anthems, I was pretty nervous, but as the whistle blew to start, I was surprisingly calm and confident. I didn’t have much time to be nervous anyway, as the game started with North Korea down our throats, getting a solid chance in the first minute of play.
Our coaches have been telling us for months about how technically good and dangerous the North Koreans were, so we were definitely ready, but I think they exceeded our expectations in the way they attacked with speed. After a couple of nerve wrecking chances for them, and some good looks for us, we went in to the half tied 0-0. Abby got us on the board with a nice set up between her and Lil, and then they responded with two more as we were down to 10 players because Abby was getting stitched up after a bad header. After a bad clearance in their end, the ball came to my feet and without thinking, I blasted it
with the outside of my foot into the upper v! A goal in a World Cup is any kid’s dream, and it was definitely mine too. And, although I was definitely psyched about scoring (as shown by my fist pump in the air, sort of my signature goal scoring celebration!), my feelings were mixed because we were still just tied, and they were getting their fair share of chances. When the game ended, the mixed emotions continued. Obviously, we wanted to win, and it is not an ideal way to start the tourney. On the other hand, North Korea was a great team and we came away with a point on the board, and in the end, that is what is so crucial in these tournaments. After we heard that Sweden and Nigeria tied 1-1, ( the other two teams in our group) we were happier, as this means everyone in the group is even on points and we just need to move on to the next game, which is Sweden. We will be ready and hungry for a win…
Going to go watch the rest of the China vs. Denmark game on TV now! Till next time…. HAO