LONDON - The U.S. men’s seven-a-side soccer team fell in a close match with Great Britain to close out play in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The U.S. finished the tournament in eighth place.
Despite scoring the first goal of the game, the men were unable to hold on to the lead, eventually losing 3-1 to the British which were cheered on by their home crowd today.
The U.S. came out aggressive in the first half as Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.) was able to convert with a goal in the 20th minute. The British responded nine minutes later however with a goal of its own by Michael Barker to tie the game at one. The score remained tied at the half.
In the second half the U.S. could not stop Great Britain as they scored two more times, eventually winning the game 3-1. For the match, Great Britain had 19 shots on goal compared to just five for the Americans.
Today’s loss caps off a disappointing tournament for the Americans who failed to win a game at these Paralympics, but the team was grateful for the experience of competing in these Games.
"We’re proud to represent our country, and the support we've had has been great, so we're disappointed to come eighth. We're better than that. We knew a medal was a long shot, but we expected more – after all, we did have to qualify and get into the top eight to play here,” said Chris Aherns (Pulaski, N.Y.).