OTTAWA – Make it seven for seven.
For the seventh time in as many tries, the United States reached the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd celebrated her 200th international appearance in style Friday night, connecting in the 51st minute to lift the USA to a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over China before a crowd of 24,141 at Lansdowne Stadium.
Lloyd, in a rare appearance as captain, was named player of the match as she became the 10th American to reach the 200-game milestone.
The USA, the only country to reach the final four of every Women's World Cup, will meet Germany in Tuesday's semifinals in Montreal.
"The players that stepped out today — magnificent," Lloyd said. "The mentality of this team is to go at players to put them on their back heel, and we did that tonight."
Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fourth consecutive shutout as the USA hasn't allowed a goal in 423 minutes.
The Americans started the match without three regulars, two due to yellow-card suspensions and the third due to a coaching decision.
Midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday served one-game bans, and striker Abby Wambach sat the bench at the opening kickoff to rest her 35-year-old body and legs.
USA coach Jill Ellis started Amy Rodriquez in Wambach's place and slotted Morgan Brian, the youngest American at 22, alongside Lloyd in the middle of the midfield. Tobin Heath was flipped to left midfield in Rapinoe's spot and Kelley O'Hara, normally a defender for the national side, started at right wing.
Wambach eventually did see some action, replacing Rodriguez in the 85th minute.
Despite the so-called disadvantage, the USA put on a spirited display in the opening 45 minutes, dominating possession and scoring opportunities.
Striker Alex Morgan exemplified the Americans' emotions at halftime when she slammed her fist to the artificial turf in frustration after Dongna Li blocked her shot in the penalty area in stoppage time.
As it turned out, the USA's most dangerous players in the early going weren't the forwards, but center back Julie Johnston and O'Hara.
O'Hara had the early chances, firing a right-footed shot over the crossbar in the eighth minute before heading a left-wing cross from Heath out of bounds in the 21st minute.
Then when China goalkeeper Fei Wang mistimed a cross into the area in the 26th minute, Johnston volleyed the ball from 12 yards that Li cleared out of harm's way. Five minutes later, Johnston fired a 12-yard shot that sailed over the bar.
The Americans continued to press forward in the second half, and their effort finally paid off in he 51st minute.
Johnston lofted a long, high pass into the area to Lloyd, who outjumped Rong Zhao at the penalty spot and headed the ball into the lower right corner for her 65th international goal.
Right back Ali Krieger almost gave the USA some breathing room when she ripped a shot from distance off the crossbar in the 73rd minute.
In one of China's rare attempts on goal, Lisi Wang sent a free kick on target straight to Solo, who had no problem snaring it in the 80th minute.