Olympic Update, Day #13: Matheson Scores to Lift Canada to Soccer Bronze
DAY 1: Hendershot, Loch, Matheson, Prendes, Stone
DAY 2: Lind, Morin, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Wilkinson
DAY 3: Lawrence, Loch, Ochal, Scanlan
DAY 4: Matheson, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Stone
DAY 5: Hendershot, Loch, Thompson
DAY 6: Lind, Morin, Ochal, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Stone, Wilkinson
DAY 7: Cabral, Matheson
DAY 8: Lawrence, Ochal, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Scanlan, Stone
DAY 9: Cabral
DAY 10: Matheson, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht
Three days after an emotional loss to the United States that was decided in the final seconds, the Canadian women's soccer team saw their final game at the 2012 Olympics decided right at the end as well.
This time, however, it went in favor of Canada, and off the foot of none other than Princeton's own Diana Matheson '08.
Matheson's first career Olympic goal, in her second Olympics, came in the 92nd minute - added time of the second half - and was Canada's only shot on goal for the entire afternoon.
Indeed, the only Canadian shot that fell within the goal frame was Matheson's rebound off a French defender, touching off a celebration that became official only seconds later when the second-half added time had run out.
France outshot Canada 25-4 overall and 4-1 on net. Among the 25 were several near misses, posts and crossbars that made it seem the French were only moments from scoring a goal and taking the bronze.
Instead, Canada wins its first-ever medal in women's soccer and only second medal between men's or women's soccer, the other coming when the Canadian men won gold in St. Louis in 1904.
For Princeton, it makes seven medals won, including one gold, two silvers and four bronzes.
While Matheson's goal led to the final medal for a Princetonian at the 2012 Games, it will not be the final event for the Princeton contingent. Sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht and the U.S. field hockey team will face Belgium Friday at 3:30 a.m. ET in a classification game that can be viewed on NBCOlympics.com.