Twice, Hope Solo stretched to her left to stop the ball. Twice, she couldn't quite reach it.
So much was on the line for the U.S. women's soccer team that maybe some jitters were understandable. When a 30-yard shot hit the frame of goalpost, leaving the ball sitting in front of an empty net, the hearts really started pounding.
Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler each scored second-half goals, and the United States opened play at the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over a young but scrappy North Korea on Tuesday.