Olympics 2012: U.S. women's soccer advances to semifinals

The women are one step away from the gold medal game. Photo: Associated Press

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) - The U.S. women's soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Friday.

Abby Wambach scored in the 27th minute at St. James' Park. She's scored in all four games for the U.S. to increase her career total to 142.

Sydney Leroux added an insurance goal in the 87th minute for the Americans, who will face the winner of the Britain-Canada match in the semis on Monday in Manchester. The top-ranked U.S. team is seeking its third straight Olympic gold.

New Zealand is ranked 23rd in the world and was making its first appearance in the knockout phase of a major tournament.