The U.S. women's soccer team fell behind in Monday's semifinal Olympics match against rival Canada, but the battle of north vs. south ultimately went to the U.S., which scored a 4-3 victory in a game with Basking Ridge's Tobin Heath filling a solid spot as midfielder.
According to ESPN soccer.net, the United States' last-gasp extra-time win to seals the team's spot in the Olympics women's soccer final for the fifth successive tournament. A video with highlights from the game is on the Huffington Post.
Thursday's final match will now be a repeat of last year's World Cup final in which Japan triumphed on penalties following a 2-2 draw at the end of 120 minutes.
Heath, who has moved into a starter spot in this Olympics soccer games, also played in last year's World Cup final, during which local fans cheered her on then — as during this summer while the team, and Heath moved through a string of victories to reach the point where the U.S. women's team has a shot at the gold.
Heath is a 2006 graduate of Ridge High School, who played on the school's girls soccer team for three years.
The game is scheduled for 2:45 Eastern Time on Thursday, at Wembley Stadium in London. Olympic events can be accessed via NBC Sports Network, NBC Soccer Channel, NBC Live Extra (web).