After a heartbreaking last-gasp loss at the hands of the United States (or more specifically at the head of Alex Morgan) on Monday at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, the Canadian women’s soccer team still has a shot at making history at the London Games. While Princeton’s Diana Matheson ’08 and her Canadian teammates could not erase an 11-year losing streak against the Americans, it took over 120 minutes of thrilling extra-time action for the semifinal to be decided.
Morgan’s header from six yards out looped over goalkeeper Erin McLeod to give the U.S. a 4-3 win and send the Canadians to the Bronze medal game where they will face France, who lost to Japan in Monday’s other semifinal by the score of 2-1. Thursday’s Bronze medal showdown will take place at 8 a.m. (ET) at the City of Coventry Stadium.
But, as Canada moves on from the semifinal defeat, it has a shot at some redemption in the form of a Bronze medal and it could also make history by winning the country’s first medal at the Summer Games in a traditional team sport for the first time since 1936.
Matheson has been a workhorse in the Canadian midfield for the duration of the 2012 Olympics, playing in every minute of Canada’s five games thus far – including a full 120 against the U.S. She has added four shots, including putting three on goal.
Diana Matheson Princeton ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
- Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
- Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
- Group F Play: Canada tied Sweded, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
- Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
- Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
- Bronze Medal Game: Canada vs. France on Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. (ET)