Matheson, Canada Set for Olympic Soccer Tournament

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 06/25/2012
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Diana Matheson is going to the Olympics for the second straight time.
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Diana Matheson, a member of the Princeton Class of 2008, has been named to Canada's Olympic women's soccer team, the country's soccer governing body announced on June 25.

Matheson will be competing in her second straight Olympics, as she was also with Team Canada when it reached the quaterfinals at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China, in its first Olympic appearance.

Matheson, who is Princeton's all-time career assists leader, is one of 18 Canadians named to the team and one of five midfielders. At 131 caps, she is a veteran member of the squad, having played in the last three Women's World Cups. The first of those was in 2003, before she suited up for Princeton starting in the 2004 season. That year, she helped the Tigers to the NCAA College Cup semifinal.

Prior to playing in Canada's Olympic-prep friendly against China in Moncton, New Brunswick on May 30, in which she assisted on the game's only goal in Canada's 1-0 win, Matheson had been recovering from knee surgery last November.

Canada is in Group F in the Olympic tournament along with Sweden, Japan and South Africa. The Canadians will meet the Japanese on July 25 in Coventry, England, followed by another game in Coventry against the South Africans on July 28 and then the group finale on July 31 in Newcastle, England against the Swedes.

The top two teams from each of the three groups (Group E is Great Britain, Cameroon, New Zealand and Brazil; Group G is the U.S., Colombia, France and North Korea; Groups A through D are in the men's tournament) will advance to the knockout stage, as will two of the three third-place teams.

The video announcement of the women's national team roster, provided by Canada Soccer, is below.

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