U.S. women beat Costa Rica to qualify for Olympics

April 9, 2008

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The U.S. women's soccer team qualified for the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday night, beating Costa Rica 3-0 in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament semifinals.

Natasha Kai had two goals and an assist -- all in the second half -- for the United States, which will face the Canada-Mexico winner in the final Saturday night. The two finalists get spots in the Olympics.

Kai opened the scoring in the 58th minute off Tobin Heath's cross, set up Heather O'Reilly's goal in the 73rd minute and scored her second goal in extra time.

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