US scored the first goal when Alex Morgan scored in the 69th minute, only to have Japan's Miyama tie the game in the 81st minute.
Going into overtime it looked like Wambaugh would again pull out a victory. Only a perfect cross from Morgan, Wambaugh headed the ball past the keeper at the 104th minute.
Sawa was able to capitalize on a miscue in the US defense to again tie the game in the 117th minute.
Going to penalty kicks, the US ran out of luck, and the determination of the Japanese team helped them rise above the world to take the 2011 Cup.