Jayhawk Alumns See Action in Colombia’s 1-0 Loss to New Zealand

BELO HORIZANTE, Brazil – Former Kansas soccer stars Liana Salazar and Ingrid Vidal once again played significant roles in Colombia’s second Olympic match, however New Zealand’s first half goal proved to be enough to knock off the Colombians, 1-0, in Group G play inside Mineirão Stadium Saturday night. Salazar earned a start for the second straight match, while Vidal came off the bench and played the final 11 minutes.
Salazar, a midfielder out of Bogotá, Colombia, earned her fourth-career start for her nation’s senior team and played 89 minutes. As was the case for the rest of her squad, it was a frustrating night for Salazar, who was unable to create much offense and even earned a yellow card in the 21st minute.
Vidal entered in the 79th minute but was held in check as well, as she and Salazar were forced to endure their second-straight loss of the Olympic tournament, falling to the New Zealand squad, 1-0.
It will now be a tall task for Salazar and Vidal’s team to advance to the knock out rounds. The team will need to beat the world’s top-ranked team, the United States, on Tuesday and hope for losses from China or Sweden, Australia, and France or New Zealand to move on to the quarterfinal round. Colombia and the United States are scheduled to kick off in Manaus on Aug. 9 at 6 pm (CT).
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