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Matheson ’08 contributes to streaking Canada’s group victory over Zimbabwe

Just before exiting 63 minutes into the Canadian women's soccer team’s group match against Zimbabwe this past Saturday, Princetonian Diana Matheson ’08 almost scored from a lofty cross by forward Janine Beckie.

Earlier in the game, the 32-year-old contributed to Canada’s second goal after being fouled by the Zimbabwean goalie in the 18-yard box, allowing captain Christine Sinclair to swiftly finish the resulting penalty kick.


Though two skillful passes by Matheson in the 21st and 40th minutes went unfinished, Canada won the match 3-1, adding a second win to their tournament after their 2-0 finish over Australia on Wednesday. They are scheduled to play Germany on August 9th.

Though best known for scoring the winning goal against France in overtime at the 2012 London Olympics to secure Canada the bronze medal, the outside midfielder first started turning heads as a standout freshman for the Tigers.

The Ontario native started her Princeton athletic career with a bang, being named to the both the All-Ivy and All-American First Teams. In the same year, Matheson led Princeton to the final four of the NCAA tournament, a first for the University’s women’s soccer program and a record for any Ivy League sport. Thereafter, she proceeded to earn All-Ivy League honors for her remaining three seasons and the Ivy League Player of the Year title in 2008.

Following a stellar career at Princeton, Matheson went on to build an impressive professional career with 180 caps, four FIFA Women’s World Cups, three Pan American Games, and now three Olympic Games.