Delran Olympic star comes home

PHILADELPHIA - August 25, 2008 She is a hometown hero 26-year-old Carli Lloyd helped the U.S. Women's Soccer team clench the gold in a big way and tonight she got a big welcome home.

After an exhausting, but thrilling few weeks, Carli Lloyd returned home to the embrace of what seemed like her entire hometown of Delran.

"I don't know if it's sunk in, but having all these people here, it's pretty cool," Carli said.

Carli scored the only goal in the U.S. game against Brazil, earning the U.S. soccer team the gold medal.

As the Rutgers star let family and friends admire the shiny souvenir she brought back from Beijing, Caril marveled at how much her victory touched those around her.

"It's a big deal to me, but it seems it's even a bigger deal to everyone else which is special," Carli said.

"There's no words. I will never forget that for as long as I live. It was just the most exhilarating experience that we ever had. To know your daughter had a part in that game against a very tough team is just incredible. We're just so proud," Pam Lloyd, Carli's mother, said.

The celebration continues on Labor Day, as Delran holds parade in Carli's honor.

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