• ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer

PARIS — Megan Rapinoe went from controversy to triumph, scoring twice for the United States in the much-anticipated clash with host France to send the defending champions into the semifinals of the Women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory Friday night.

  • TODD D. MILEWSKI tmilewski@madison.com

"I had an idea of what it was going to be like. That's blown all of my expectations out of the water," Forward Madison goalkeeper Ryan Coulter said. "Ninety minutes of madness. You add into that snow at the end of April, freezing conditions — impossible conditions to play good football in, really, and yet you've got 4,500 lunatics there screaming on. It's incredible. For me, I'm 30 years of age, that's the best atmosphere I've ever played in."