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...