The U.S. women’s soccer team picked up an important victory on Saturday to keep its gold medal hopes alive. After falling in their Olympic opener to Sweden, the 2019 World Cup champs bounced back with a confident 6-1 win over New Zealand.
Team USA got contributions from many of its top players on Saturday as Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Alex Morgan all found the back of the net. New Zealand also knocked in two own goals to bring the United States’ total to six.
The American women were able to get the job done in front of an important figure as well. First Lady Jill Biden was on hand to watch the team play and was thoroughly impressed with what she witnessed.
“YES! For the Win! Go USWNT! Hope you could hear me up here!” she wrote on Twitter after the USWNT victory.
In front of an empty stadium, the First Lady’s cheers were surely a welcome sound for Team USA. Morgan took to social media to thank Biden for her support in Tokyo.
“Thanks for cheering us on @FLOTUS!!” Morgan wrote in response to the First Lady.
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 25, 2021
The First Lady has already been an active supporter of Team USA in Tokyo, as she also popped over to the women’s 3×3 basketball court on Saturday to catch the sport’s Olympic debut. She was also seen supporting the United States swim team during the first round of preliminary heats.
The USWNT will be back in action on Tuesday against Australia in the final game of the group stage. At this point, the group is positioned to move to the quarterfinals but won’t want to leave anything to chance after a disappointing exit short of the medal round in 2016.
The USWNT will take on Australia at 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday.