Hungry For A Win

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


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  • erin

    I WANT TO SEE THAT FIST PUMP MOVE AGAIN ON FRIDAY!

  • alex

    you are my favorite player. i have your jersey. i get up every morning at 4:45 every morning and watch the games. you had a really nice goal on tuesday! i live in philadephia which is close to NJ!

    GO USA!!

  • Lorrayne

    Adore you guys – grew up in England watching soccer and did not really care for it till I saw you guys – now I am ADDICTED!!!!

  • MARGARITA

    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE EARLY MORNING GAMES. I LOVE TO CHEER-ON THE U.S.NATIONAL WOMANS TEAM.
    I GET UP VERY EARLY, MY SON ALWAYS INVITES ME OVER TO WATCH THE GAME AT HIS HOUSE ALONG WITH HIM AND HIS WIFE, IN HIS NEW REC. ROOM. HE EVEN COOKS BREAKFAST FOR US ALL. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE DAY!!

  • Molly Fagan

    Heather, I love your game.
    If you play as well with the National team as you did at UNC this team can’t lose!!!
    Keep up the great playing!

  • Helen

    How do you feel abot Argentina? Should they be there or not?

  • Katie

    My friends all think I’m crazy for getting up at 3:45 in the morning to watch you guys but there’s nothing I would rather being doing…even sleeping! Thank you for playing the beautiful game soo beautifully :-)

  • Tiffany

    You guys are so awsome!! I record all of your game so I can watch them later!! GO USA!!!

  • Marjory

    Continue scoring and yea, the team is really doing well so far! I’m confident that the team is going to be Nigeria tonight! Go USA!

  • Caroline

    I’ve seen this game sooo many times and yet every time I see it your tieing goal amazes me. You rock!!!

    GO HEATHER O’REILLY!!!!!