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Matheson '08 helps Canada close off Germany, advances to quarterfinals

Though defeated in all the twelve previous international matches against the German women’s soccer team and outscored 38-13 combined, Team Canada pulled out an upset victory earlier on Tuesday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Clad in head-to-toe red, the team finished at the top of their qualifying group after a competitive 2-1 game against the second-ranked team in the world. They will proceed to the quarterfinals with a clean 3-0 record. Both goals came from captain Melissa Tancredi in the 26th and 60th minutes after Germany’s goal earlier in the first half.


After resting for most of the match, Princeton’s Diana Matheson ’08 entered the game at the 64-minute mark. A four-time FIFA Women’s World Cup veteran, Matheson was substituted to anchor the team against intense competition from the Germans following Canada’s lead-taking second goal. Matheson’s experience and leadership proved useful, as the Canadians were able to retain their lead despite numerous German attacks and their dominant possession of the ball throughout the game.

A decorated player during and after her Princeton career, the former Ivy League player of the year and Olympic bronze medalist will continue to be a key player in her third Olympic Games as her and her team advance to the knockout round of the tournament. To begin the quarterfinals, Team Canada will play France on Friday night.