HOPE STANDS TALL

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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo reacts after her team's semfinal 4-3 win over Canada in the women's soccer match at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo reacts after her team's semfinal 4-3 win over Canada in the women's …

U.S. goalie Hope Solo has been a busy woman in the first half of the gold medal game against Japan.

The Americans led 1-0 at the break thanks to an early goal from Carli Lloyd. But Japan controlled the last 35 minutes by using its speed to create scoring chances.

The Japanese peppered Solo with shots, and she made a brilliant, leaping save of a shot from Yuki Ogimi midway through the half.

When the halftime buzzer sounded, Abby Wambach gave Solo an emphatic high-five, thanking her for keeping Japan off the board.

— Jon Krawczynski — Twitter http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski

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