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Published July 13, 2011, 08:57 PM

UND Women's Soccer Players Excited For World Cup Finals

Now that the team has defeated two tough teams, Brazil in that five to three shootout, and Wednesday with a win over France, the World Cup seems so close. What those women are doing for soccer is even closer to a few hearts in Grand Forks.

U.S. women's soccer players Ali Krieger, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo are making headlines for leading their team to the World Cup finals.

Now that the team has defeated two tough teams, Brazil in that five to three shootout, and Wednesday with a win over France, the World Cup seems so close.

What those women are doing for soccer is even closer to a few hearts in Grand Forks.

"I had two older brothers who played and they always had soccer balls and I would just tag along," Anna Jung said.

"It was like my job. Between high school soccer, club soccer, it's just everything I knew," Courtney Beckwith said.

But not everyone knows about women's soccer.

"Many people don't give it a chance because it's not considered America's sport," Alexandra Ciaccio said.

Until now.

"It was one of the most exciting games I've ever watched. I've never had such high emotions," Ciaccio said regarding the five to three comeback over Brazil.

And the three to one win over France in the semifinals could help make the game America's sport.

Now, the team advances to the World Cup.

"It's definitely good to see them winning and maybe it gives us some hope to do the same," Amanda Dahl said.

"Just watching them do that makes me believe I could do that. Those players are having an impact on every little girl out there playing soccer," Jung said.

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