The Women's World Cup quarterfinals may have unfolded in France, but the Silva’s had as great of a front row seat as any.
NewsChannel 9 met Gabby and Ana Silva, two soccer playing sisters in Ringgold, last week during the Women's World Cup’s knockout round. Today, the siblings had their high school and travel soccer teams over to cheer on Team USA and carry on their World Cup-watching tradition.
Gabby Silva, who will be continuing her soccer career as a freshman at Dalton State this fall, gave us her breakdown of Team USA's victory over France.
The US got out front early in the fourth minute with a goal from fan favorite Megan Rapinoe—at first, Gabby thought it was too good to be true.
“At first I was like, it didn’t look like she kicked it that hard, but with USA’s pressure in the box, it kind of put France on their toes," she said.
The Silva's living room erupted with cheers when Rapinoe swooped in and scored her second goal--still riding the momentum she gained from her first one.
“Even when you’re playing, it really drives you to do better, you can’t have that comfort, you can't get used to it," she explained. "And I think that [first] goal drove her to go harder."
Down 2-nil, France came back with intense pressure after the half, and Wendie Renard scored for the host team.
“Right there, I think that boosted France’s confidence, and they came back super strong, and they had many opportunities after that," Gabby said.
France could not capitalize on those opportunities, though. The US would take down the tournament’s co-favorite team, 2-1.
The Silva sisters and their teammates never had any doubt their team would come out on top.
“It got close, and it got nail biting, but I think the United States played a solid game and you can tell by their passes and movement of the ball that they were the better team and were going to pull off the win," Gabby said.
The US will now take on England in the World Cup semifinals next Tuesday, July 2 at 3 PM eastern. All World Cup matches can be viewed on FOX Chattanooga.