espnW offers a snapshot of the top American female athletes competing at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Ferns scored in the 90th minute and on the last kick of the game to tie Mexico 2-2. The draw ended an eight-game World Cup losing streak for New Zealand.
With impressive passing and opportunistic strikes, Japan clinched a quarterfinal spot with a 4-0 win over Mexico and proved it's a serious contender.
The Ferns believe a close loss to Japan, the highest-ranked team in its group, is a good sign and momentum-builder for upcoming games with England and Mexico.