By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
They got a personal shout-out from President Barack Obama, partied with a few of the NBA players and actor Tim Robbins and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning celebrating.
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.
No matter how improbable the circumstances, the Americans always managed to find a way _ or the will _ to win.
Japan became the first Asian nation to win the Women's World Cup on Sunday, beating the United States in a penalty shootout after both sides were level at 2-2 after extra time.