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KASHIMA, Japan—The United States did what was necessary to advance at the Tokyo Olympics, it just wasn’t exactly the high-flying offensive juggernaut that the Americans are known for. The U.S. women made it through to the quarterfinals of the women’s soccer tournament after a 0–0 draw with Australia on Tuesday in an stadium mainly empty save for a group of Japanese schoolchildren. The Americans are looking to win a fifth Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. They are also vying to become the first team to win at the Olympics following a World Cup title. But they’ve made it hard on themselves at the Tokyo Games. They lost to Sweden 3–0 in their opening match—snapping a 44-game unbeaten streak—before rebounding with a 6–1 victory over New Zealand. The draw with Australia secured the United States second place in Group G behind Sweden on goal difference. The Americans will face the Netherlands, …