Sidelines: Victory is sweet for women’s soccer team

July 12, 2019

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team defeated the Netherlands by the score of 2-0 to complete their mission to win back to back the World Cup championships.

In the first half, Holland's goalie played very well to keep the game scoreless. The U.S. team's constant pressure was finally able to break through when they scored on a penalty kick. I was also happy when they scored a second goal in open play, so there was no controversy with the referee's earlier call.

The 2023 tournament will be the hardest one ever for the U.S. to win because the European teams have improved so much in the last 10 years. Specifically, England, Germany, France, Holland and Sweden could have easily won this tournament as well.


The Major League baseball season starts up again July 12. If the playoffs were to start today, the Phillies would be in one of the wildcard teams. This is surprising to me, given how much they have struggled over the last three weeks. I hope they can get off to a great start in the second half of the season.


The Wimbledon tennis tournament is coming to a close this weekend. The women’s final is between Serena Williams and Simona Halep. In recent history, the women's final has been anti-climatic. I hope this match is long and very competitive.

On the men’s side, they will probably produce a predictable winner. Federer and Nadal play one another in the semi-finals which will be a great challenge to watch. One of the big three; Novak Djokovic, Rafeal Nadal, or Roger Federer, will most likely win this tournament.

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at

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