Last night, in New Jersey, history was kicked and head-butted into a Women’s Soccer Game. In one of the most amazing first halves (45 minutes) of football I’ve ever seen, Abby Wambach scored the most career goals at the international level. Dubbed the Goal Queen, she is now soccer’s leading scorer.
At the start of the match of U.S. verses South Korea, she had 156 goals under her soccer shorts, two shy of the previous goal champion (another woman) Mia Hamm. Within thirty minutes of the game, Abby tied, then beat the world record. She went on to score yet another goal within the first half, putting the score at 4-0, with many assists from Alex Morgan. The final score was 5-0.
I was screaming in the living room.
Mia Hamm sacked 158 goals in 275 games during her career. Abby has scored 160 goals in 207 games. With the Women’s World Cup heading to Canada in 2015, she is not done yet.
Now, I know what the gentlemen are saying, because I’ve heard it:
“It’s because she’s a woman competing against other women.”
“It’s women’s sports.”
“It’s not the same caliber as the men’s league.”
Just keep telling yourself that, gents. But for the past three Women’s FIFA World Cup tournaments, the United States has been a P O W E R H O U S E. Our ladies are in the ranks with other countries like Germany. Athletes like Abby, Mia, Briana Scury, and Hope Solo are legendary like Landon Donovan and David Beckham.
As an American woman, I greatly anticipate watching Abby’s career grow only stronger on the road to 2015. Congrats, Abby!