abby wambach soccer north korea summer olympics Abby Wambach leads U.S. women's soccer to 2012 Summer Olympics quarterfinalsThe U.S. women’s soccer team took the field Tuesday (July 31) against North Korea for the final match of pool play. Coming into the match, the U.S. was 2-0 after defeating both Colombia and France, while North Korea was 1-1, having lost to France in their last match.

The score stayed at 0-0 for most of the first half, but at the 25-minute mark, Abby Wambach scored for the U.S. and that was all it took. The North Koreans never were able to score and now the U.S. advances as one of the top seeds, having earned nine total points for the three wins.

There are still matches left to be played Tuesday in pool play — New Zealand vs. Cameroon and Great Britain vs. Brazil. One of either Great Britain or Brazil will also advance as a top seed with nine points, as they play each other and are both 2-0 so far.

The quarterfinal match-up is yet to be determined for the U.S. women. They will either face off against Canada or the winner of New Zealand/Cameroon (though Cameroon advancing is also contingent on goal differential. New Zealand advances if they lose by less than four goals).

Either way, the next game for the U.S. is Friday, Aug. 3 at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT.

UPDATE: It’s looking as though the U.S. will play New Zealand in the quarterfinals.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."