Local Olympian update: Hucles kicks U.S. into final

Angela Hucles has four goals in five Olympic matches.

Prior this year's Summer Olympics, UVA alumna Angela Hucles already had one gold medal around her neck. She was a member of the U.S. women's soccer team that took the top prize at the Athens games in 2004. However, Hucles was mostly confined to the bench on that squad, and heading to Beijing this month, she had yet to score an Olympic goal.

Now, Hucles has four.

Two of them came yesterday in a 4-2 semifinal win over Japan, launching the American team into the gold medal final against Brazil on Thursday, August 21 at 9am EDT.

Hucles has had the hot foot as of late, scoring in three of the five games she's played in, including the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over the Japanese in the preliminary round, and another in the team's 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand.

The Americans' opponent in the final is a familiar one, and the U.S.-Brazil rivalry in women's soccer has become heated in recent years. In Athens, Team USA defeated the Brazilians in a thrilling gold medal game, 2-1. Three years later, the gals in green and gold returned the favor when they dispatched the red, white, and blue from the semifinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup by a tally of 4-0.

Hucles played midfield for the Cavaliers from 1996 through 1999, earning all-ACC honors in each of her four seasons for the orange and blue.