Ellis, USWNT face France Saturday in Rio

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, led by former William and Mary women's soccer star Jill Ellis, started the Summer Olympics Wednesday with a 2-0 win against New Zealand.

Ellis and the U.S. play again in group play at 4 p.m. Saturday against France and again at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Colombia. Both games will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

The U.S. is trying to become the first team to win the Olympic gold medal following a World Cup the prior year.

Ellis led the U.S. Women's National Team to its first FIFA World Cup title since 1999 last summer in Canada. The U.S. dominated its way through the tournament with a record of 6-0-1, and only surrendered three goals.

Ellis was named the FIFA Women's World Coach of the Year in January. She was named head coach of the U.S. National Team in May of 2014, after serving as the U.S. Women's Soccer Development Director since 2011.

A native of England, Ellis played forward for the Tribe from 1984-87 and finished her career with 32 goals, 19 assists, and ranks ninth in career points with 83, while earning Third Team All-America honors during her senior season.

Women's tennis

William and Mary women's tennis sophomore Lauren Goodman won both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Summer Circuit event hosted by Michigan State July 23-25.

In singles, Goodman won six matches, including four against seeded players, over the three days to claim the crown. She rallied for a three-set win over No. 5 seed Bianca Moldovan of N.C. State, 3-6, 6-2, 10-1, in the semifinals, before downing incoming Northern Illinois freshman and No. 7 seed Raven Neely, 6-3, 6-1, in the championship.

She teamed with Michelle Linden, who will be attending Wisconsin, and won four matches in doubles to take the title. In the championship, the pair downed Karyna Bihel of Gonzaga and Minnesota's Kate Ketels, 8-5.

Goodman played in two other 2016 ITA Summer Circuit events at Purdue and Northwestern. She advanced to the singles quarterfinals at Northwestern and the round of 16 at Purdue. It marks the second straight season in which Goodman has won ITA Summer Circuit events.

The 2016 ITA Summer Circuit features 51 tournaments spread across 24 states this summer. The summer circuit runs for six weekends, beginning the last weekend in June and continuing through the last weekend in July. Goodman will be among the players slated to take part in the ITA Summer Nationals, Aug. 13-16, hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

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