Matheson '08 Named to 2016 Canadian Olympic Women's Soccer Team
Princeton women's soccer alumna Diana Matheson '08 was a part of the first two Canadian women's soccer teams to make the Olympic Games, and Canada Soccer announced Monday that she'll be part of the third.
Matheson was one of 18 players named to the team, which will begin play in the 2016 Olympic Games on August 3 in Group F against Australia in Sao Paulo with games to follow against Zimbabwe on August 6, also in Sao Paulo, with the group finale against Germany coming August 9 in Brasilia.
The top two teams in each of the three groups, along with two of the three third-place teams, will advance to the knockout stage. Brazil, China, Sweden and South Africa are in Group E, and the U.S., New Zealand, France and Colombia are in Group G. Groups A through D are in the men's tournament.
While at Princeton, Matheson was the 2004 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the 2007 Ivy League Player of the Year, earning four first-team All-Ivy League honors while helping Princeton to the 2004 NCAA College Cup semifinals. Matheson was a Von Kienbusch honoree as a top senior female athlete at Princeton in 2008 following a career that saw her finish as Princeton's career assist leader (26).
At the 2012 Olympics, Matheson scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation in a 1-0 third-place-game win over France to deliver Canada its first Olympic women's soccer medal.