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Olympic Update, Day #10: Matheson, Team Canada Take U.S. to Extra Time

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/06/2012
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Diana Matheson '08 and Team Canada take on the USA at 2:45 pm.
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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 Princetonians were in action Monday, and Diana Matheson '08 helped Canada extend the U.S. to extra time before coming up short in the women's soccer semifinal, 4-3.

Canada has faced its neighbor 52 times now in the series history, and only three times have the Canadians won. The last of those was in 2001, two years before Matheson first suited up for Team Canada.

While the U.S., which held its pre-Olympic training camp at Princeton earlier this summer, will face Japan for the gold Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET, the Canadians will face France for the bronze medal Thursday at 8 a.m. ET.

Just playing on the Olympic tournament's final day was a big step forward for Canada, which made its Olympic debut in women's soccer in 2008 and won its first knockout-round game when it defeated Great Britain last Friday night. 

For a short time in the second half Monday night, it looked like Canada would defeat the U.S. for the first time in 11 years, but a handball called in the Canadian goal box put the U.S.'s Abby Wambach on the penalty spot for what became the game-tying goal in the 80th minute.

Seven minutes earlier, the Canadians capped off a flurry of three goals in six minutes with Christine Sinclair making it a hat trick after putting Canada up 1-0 in the first half and giving her team a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute.

Ten-plus minutes after Wambach's penalty-kick goal, the game went to extra time and stayed tied until Alex Morgan scored in the 122nd minute - extra time of extra time - to put the U.S. into the gold-medal match. 

Julia Reinprecht '14, Katie Reinprecht '13 and the U.S. field hockey team concluded its Olympic preliminary round with a 7-0 loss to South Africa. The Americans, who went 1-4 in pool play, will wrap up their Olympic experience in the 11th place game on Friday, Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET versus Belgium.

Monday's game saw South Africa take control 15 minutes in and never look back. After going into halftime down 4-0, the U.S. nearly broke up South Africa's clean sheet to open the second half off a Katie O'Donnell attempt. But as it was all day, the Americans' attempts would be deflected, as the South Africans continued to stymie the USA's offensive opportunities throughout the remainder of the contest.

"South Africa came out really aggressive; they had a really good press and were lethal in the circle. I am proud of this team. We have been through a lot and we really competed in every game here. Outside of today, the scorelines have been super close and I think we showed we can play against the best teams in the world. It is now just a matter of learning how to win. This team is young and we will continue to grow the more we play together. I am excited to see what we will be able to do in the future," said Katie.

Both Reinprecht sisters have proved to be constant contributors for the U.S. in their Olympic debut. Following their final game with Team USA later this week, the duo will head to Princeton to return to action with the Tiger field hockey team and prepare to open the 2012 slate.


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