Friday, August 15, 2008

A Night for Brazil

For most of our Quarterfinal match, Brazil was in full control of the ball and the play over rival Norway. After the first goal was scored on a rocket from Daniela at about 30 yards, you could see the Norwegians lose confidence. That was until the 81st minute when the Brazilian GK (the reserve GK) took down a Norwegian player near the touchline and Norway scored from the resulting Penalty Kick (By the way, any ideas why that was not a red card for DOGSO??). From then we had another 13 minutes of strong play.

Overall, the teams came to play and we as a referee team were able to control the game with voice and whistles rather than cards. I am really proud of my crew and honored to have worked this Olympics with Veronica & Marlene.

I am hoping you are following along with the USA WNT and saw that after 4 hours they too prevailed, in this case over Canada. That being said the USA women’s referee crew will more than likely not be eligible for a semi-final. As a good AR knows, we’ll just have to wait and see for the future.

Thank you everyone for all your support. It truly means a lot to us.

Best from Beijing

– Kari


lesbleus98 said...

any refs out there think kai was in an offside position on that 'winning goal'? sure looked like it....a yard or more

Anonymous said...

being in an offside position is legal.

The PK was not a red card offense because the Brazilians had a couple of defenders closer to the goal than the 'keeper. Also, I didn't think she was headed directly to go, but was at more of an angle.

Anonymous said...

Good call on the PK. Not a goal scoring opportunity because of the angle to goal. As Kari said, the goalkeeper tripped the attacker near the goal line.

Ref Jon