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St. Louis native powers US team to World Cup win

Lori Chalupny (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring her goal this morning (photo from fifa.com)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. women's soccer team has advanced to the next round of the Women's World Cup, thanks in part to St. Louis native Lori Chalupny.

The Americans beat Nigeria 1-0 at the game in China. Chalupny, wearing jersey number 17, scored the lone goal in the first minute of the game.

The win gets the US into the quarterfinals to play England. Chalupny's goal - at 57 seconds - was the second-fastest in the 16-year history of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Chalupny, 23, is a UNC grad who also attended Nerinx Hall High School in Webster. There, she made all-conference and all-state teams in her sophomore, junior, and senior years and help Nerinx Hall to an undefeated regular season her junior year.

The U.S. will now face England in the quarterfinals this Saturday in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

The U.S. has a history of success against England, having won six of the last nine games played. The last time they played was eight months ago when they battled to a 1-1 tie.

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