The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Colombia in Edmonton, Alberta.

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EDMONTON, Alberta – Now that Alex Morgan has a goal, she doesn’t want to look back on the opportunities she has missed.

She wants to look forward to the goals to come in the Women’s World Cup.

“I don’t remember the last goal I’ve had with this team,” said Morgan, who had been hampered by a bone bruise in her left knee going into the tournament. “And that’s not a good sign. I don’t want to look back and see when the last one was because now I’ve scored, and it’s a fresh start moving forward.”

Morgan scored her first goal of the tournament and the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night. Her previous U.S. goal came March 6 in the Algarve Cup.

Abby Wambach’s penalty kick early in the second half went wide after Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez — a backup herself — was ejected for a foul on Morgan. Stefany Castano, who replaced Perez in goal, got a hand on Morgan’s shot five minutes later, but couldn’t stop the goal that put the United States up 1-0.

“It didn’t have as much power on it as I wanted, but it went in and that’s all that matters,” Morgan said about her right-footed goal.

Usually she scores with the left foot: “It comes in handy when it needs to,” she said of shooting with the right.

Carli Lloyd also scored for the second-ranked U.S. team, which will face No. 16 China on Friday in Ottawa. The United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.

The team has not allowed a goal in 333 minutes.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout who plays for Seattle Reign FC, made two saves and posted her national-record 87th career shutout. Eight of her clean sheets are in World Cup play.

Solo earned her 174th cap, the most by a U.S. keeper (Briana Scurry had 173 caps from 1994 to 2008).

The worst aspect of the match for the United States was two players — Megan Rapinoe of the Reign and Lauren Holiday — getting their second yellow cards of the World Cup, meaning both must sit out the quarterfinal match. Rapinoe got her second yellow in the 42nd minute, 25 minutes after Holiday.

“I feel confident in the players we have to come in and contribute,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said of facing China without the pair.

Colombia has never won soccer’s premier tournament, but the No. 28 Las Cafeteras pulled off one of the biggest upsets in any World Cup in the group stage when they defeated third-ranked France 2-0.

Morgan and Wambach started up top for the United States, which used the same starting lineup as it did in the group-stage finale against Nigeria — a first since Ellis became coach.

It was Morgan’s second straight start after working her way back from the injury. Morgan came in as a sub in the first two matches of the tournament.

Morgan missed all three send-off matches because of the injury. Her last match with the U.S. team was on April 4, a 4-0 exhibition victory over New Zealand in St. Louis.

Perez, a 20-year-old junior at Miami, started for Colombia because regular goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda was suspended for yellow-card accumulation. Sepulveda had six saves in Colombia’s victory over France. Castano had started in Colombia’s World Cup opener, a 1-1 draw with Mexico.

The teams played to a goalless first half, with the United States unable to finish good chances.

Wambach was offside on her rebound goal in the fourth minute. Morgan later had a chance, but her shot bounced in front of Perez, who tipped it up and over the crossbar, one of her three saves in the first half.

Perez was sent off early in the second half after sliding into Morgan, who was charging toward the goal.

In another round-of-16 match, England beat Norway 2-1 and advanced to face Canada on Saturday in Vancouver, B.C.